Washington is inspirational. Washington was admitted to the Union of the United States of America on November 11, 1889. The state was named after George Washington, the first president of the United States. Washington’s nickname is The Evergreen State. This nickname comes from the fact that 52% of the state is covered in forests. Washington is in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. Olympia is the state’s capital. An international border with Canada is to the north. Idaho borders Washington to the east. Oregon is south and the Pacific Ocean is to the west.
The oldest skeletal remains, the Kennewick Man, were found in Washington. Native American tribes lived in the area before European exploration. Tribes fished salmon, hunted whales, hunted other animals, and did some farming. Spanish explorers landed on the coast in 1775. British and Spanish explorers continued to discover areas and their Nootka Convention opened up exploration and trading for other nations. Spain ceded their rights to the United States in 1819. Britain ceded their claims to the area in 1846. Washington Territory became its own US territory by breaking from Oregon Territory officially in 1853. A 1878 constitution led to the drafting of Washington State’s 1889 constitution and statehood.
The Cascade Mountain Range runs north to south through the middle of the state. There are several volcanoes. Mount Rainier is the tallest mountain and is considered the most dangerous volcano in the Cascade Range. Western Washington has a marine west coast climate. The four seasons have typically mild temperatures, wet winters, and somewhat dry summers. Western Washington has the Olympic Mountains, dense forests, and temperate rainforests. A significantly drier semi-arid climate is east of the Cascades. Eastern Washington has areas of semiarid steppe and some arid deserts. The northeast has highlands and mountains. The southeast is grassland and farmland.
Businesses in the state include manufacturing, technology, mining, real estate, retail, and tourism. Lumber, apples, other fruits and vegetables, livestock, and fishing are large contributors to the state’s economy. Billionaires, such as Bill Gates, live in Washington. Politicians and others have worked to protect the environment and ban harmful substances. There is an executive, legislative, and judicial branch of the state’s government. They were the first to legalize assisted suicide, same-sex marriage, and recreational cannabis use.
There are 295 school districts in the state. The schools are run by the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Junior and senior high school students can be a part of the state’s Running Start program. The program allows students to earn college and high school credit simultaneously at public expense. Major research universities, technical schools, religious schools, and private career colleges are included in the state’s 40 plus institutions of higher learning.
Many professional sports teams call Washington home. Four United States Navy ships have been named after the state. Be inspired! Have a bright day!