Indiana calls itself "the crossroads of America," because it straddles the East and the West, the North and the South. The Hoosier State played a vital role in the history of American expansion—it was the site of the Battle of Tippecanoe, a decisive victory for white settlers moving west into Indian lands. Abraham Lincoln spent his formative years there, and Indiana abolitionists set up stops on the Underground Railroad. Today, Indiana is home to auto plants and the Indianapolis 500 auto race, as well as unspoiled lakeshore and river towns that look much as they did before the Civil War.

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