According to INDEXDOTCOM, Illinois has a long and rich history that dates back centuries. The area was first inhabited by Native Americans, including the Illiniwek, Miami, Sauk, Fox and Kickapoo tribes. In 1673, French explorers Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet explored the area and claimed it for France. France then ceded the region to Britain in 1763 after the French and Indian War. The area was later ceded to the United States in 1783 as part of the Treaty of Paris. In 1818, Illinois became a state after being admitted to the Union as part of the Missouri Compromise. During this period, Illinois saw an influx of settlers from Europe who were looking for economic opportunities in America. In 1832, Native Americans were forcibly removed from their land in what is now known as the Black Hawk War. This period also saw a surge in industrialization due to its access to natural resources such as coal and iron ore. During the Civil War, Illinois served as an important hub for Union troops and supplies due to its strategic location along several major rivers including the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Following Reconstruction, Illinois became known for its progressive politics which included labor reform laws and women’s suffrage rights before they were granted nationally by Congress in 1920. In modern times, Illinois has become a major center of commerce thanks to its proximity to Chicago—the third largest city in America—and is home to several Fortune 500 companies such as Boeing Company, Caterpillar Inc., Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., State Farm Insurance Companies, Archer Daniels Midland Co., AbbVie Inc., Motorola Solutions Inc., Exelon Corporation and Kraft Heinz Company among others. Check Agooddir for more about Illinois.