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The 38th state in the USA, admitted on August 1, 1876.

Before becoming Colorado, the territory was inhabited by prehistoric cliff dwellers, in the Mesa Verde region prior to 1299 A.D. In 1500 A.D., the Ute Indians lived in the mountains in what is now Colorado, and in 1803 eastern Colorado was acquired by the U.S. through the Louisiana Purchase. In 1848, Mexico ceded the part of Colorado that was not acquired through the Louisiana Purchase. Colorado was admitted to the Union in 1876. Colorado's major industries include telecom, cable, aerospace, software development and biotechnology. It's largest city is Denver, which is also the capital city. The state was named for the Colorado River. Early Spanish explorers named the Rio Colorado after the red colored silt in the river that flowed over the mountains. Colorado's motto, Nil sine Numine means "Nothing without the Deity."

Some facts about Colorado:

State Abbreviation: CO
Population: 5,029,196
Area: 104,094 square miles
State Nickname: The Centennial State
State Motto: Nil sine numine
State Capital: Denver
Largest City: Denver
Official Web Site: http://www.colorado.gov/


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