Early history of Arizona
Arizona has a fascinating history. The last of the lower 48 states to be admitted in 1912, it was originally part of New Mexico. Ceded to the United States in 1848, it has a rich heritage that goes much farther back than that. Arizona is home to Oraibi, a village built by the Hopi Indian tribe that possibly dates back to 1150 AD or even earlier. This settlement is thought to have the longest duration of unbroken habitation in the country. After copper was discovered in 1854, its mining became the mainstay of the Arizona economy all the way up until 1950.
As depicted in the Nicholas Cage movie “Windtalkers,” Arizona based Navajo Indians were called upon to work as covert communications agents following the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese in 1941. Working for the U.S. Marines and known as “Navajo Code Talkers,” these Arizonans developed a code based on their language that the Japanese were never able to crack. The Code Talkers were instrumental in saving many American lives in WWII.
On the move after WWII
The population didn’t see widespread growth until the development of the air conditioning and refrigeration industry after World War II. This caused Arizona to experience a population boom that resulted in the city of Phoenix becoming among the most rapidly growing cities in the United States.
Arizona is sixth on the list of largest states in terms of land mass at 113,990 square miles. It is home to the Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World. This marvel of nature stretches for 277 miles, and is 18 miles wide in places and is up to one mile deep. It draws five million visitors per year.
Typography and climate
Arizona, with its vastness, features a tremendous diversity in topography. With the Colorado Plateau and its series of flatlands, gorges, mountains, and valleys covering roughly 40 percent of the state, you can experience the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, geographically speaking. This wide variation in elevations contributes to the fact that you could see both the highest and lowest temperature in the country in Arizona on the same day.
One example of flora and fauna
The official state flower is the Saguaro Cactus Blossom. It can reach over fifty feet tall and survive for more than 200 years. It blooms in May and June, and only at night. The blooms last just into the next day, for about 18 hours. This gives scant time for the lovely white flower to be pollinated. Usually, this job is performed by bats and moths. Following pollination, the flowers turn into a bright red color fruit.
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