The eastern part of the state was surrendered by the British after the Revolutionary War. The western region was bought in 1803 (as part of the Louisiana Purchase). The northern area was taken from the British in 1818. It officially became a state in 1858. Minnesota benefits from its natural resources, including iron ore (contributing to over 75% of the U.S.’s reserve). Wheat, corn, alfalfa, and rye are also produced in significant quantities.

Furthermore, the state is the Midwest’s trade center and houses the largest supercomputer in the world. The area’s rich fishing, water sports, and hunting opportunities attract a considerable number of tourists. Politically, its population is known for being progressive, with a large turnout for civic participation and voting. The Twin Cities’ booming economy and market make Minnesota a sensible place to own a small business.


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