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Historic Hot Springs
Hot Springs, Arkansas the place I call home, and what a wonderful place it is! My beautiful city takes its name from the world-famous thermal waters that flow into the historic downtown district. About a million gallons of the 143°F water issue forth daily from 47 hot springs. The city was named the nations first National Reservation in 1832 in order to protect the hot springs.
For 10,000 years before the settlement of the Europeans in the New World, Native Americans visited the area. Hot Springs became a place where various tribes came together to enjoy the healing properties they believed were contained in the magnificent and mysterious thermal waters of the springs.
In 1673, Father Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet explored the area and discovered the springs before claiming the area for France. After the French and Indian War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1763, the area came under Spanish rule. In 1800, control of the land went to Napoleon's French Empire before President Thomas Jefferson bought the land in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, doubling the size of the United States. In 1818, Quapaw Indians ceded the land to the United States during a treaty signing in St. Louis, ... more
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