America - Wisconsin


Wisconsin in English

Wisconsin is a state in the upper Midwestern United States. Wisconsin is the 25th-largest state by total area and the 20th-most populous. It is bordered by Minnesota to the west, Iowa to the southwest, Illinois to the south, Lake Michigan to the east, Michigan to the northeast, and Lake Superior to the north.

The bulk of Wisconsin's population live in areas situated along the shores of Lake Michigan. The largest city, Milwaukee, anchors its largest metropolitan area, followed by Green Bay and Kenosha, the third- and fourth-most-populated Wisconsin cities respectively. The state capital, Madison, is currently the second-most-populated and fastest-growing city in the state. Wisconsin is divided into 72 counties and as of the 2020 census had a population of nearly 5.9 million.

Wisconsin's geography is diverse, having been greatly impacted by glaciers during the Ice Age with the exception of the Driftless Area. The Northern Highland and Western Upland along with a part of the Central Plain occupy the western part of the state, with lowlands stretching to the shore of Lake Michigan. Wisconsin is third to Ontario and Michigan in the length of its Great Lakes coastline. The northern portion of the state is home to the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

At the time of European contact the area was inhabited by Algonquian and Siouan nations, and today is home to eleven federally recognized tribes. During the 19th and early 20th centuries, many European settlers entered the state, most of whom emigrated from Germany and Scandinavia. Wisconsin remains a center of German American and Scandinavian American culture, particularly in respect to its cuisine, with foods such as bratwurst and kringle. Wisconsin is home to one UNESCO World Heritage Site, comprising two of the most significant buildings designed by Wisconsin-born architect Frank Lloyd Wright: his studio at Taliesin near Spring Green and his Jacobs I House in Madison.

The state is one of the nation's leading dairy producers and is known as "America's Dairyland"; it is particularly famous for its cheese. The state is also famous for its beer, particularly and historically in Milwaukee, most notably as the headquarters of the Miller Brewing Company. Wisconsin has some of the most permissive alcohol laws in the country and is well known for its drinking culture. Its economy is dominated by manufacturing, healthcare, information technology, and agriculture—specifically dairy, cranberries and ginseng. Tourism is also a major contributor to the state's economy. The gross domestic product in 2020 was $348 billion.[

Wisconsin in het Nederlands

Wisconsin is een van de staten van de Verenigde Staten. De standaardafkorting voor de "Badger State", zoals de bijnaam luidt, is WI. De hoofdstad is Madison en de grootste stad is Milwaukee. De naam van de staat is afgeleid van de rivier de Wisconsin, die door de staat stroomt.


Voordat de Europeanen het huidige Wisconsin koloniseerden werd het bevolkt door verschillende indiaanse volkeren. Tot in de 18e eeuw was het gebied in Franse handen, die het kwijtraakten aan de Engelsen. De naam is via het Frans afgeleid van een Myaamia-woord dat "deze rivier slingert zich door rood steen" zou betekenen, een verwijzing naar de rode zandstenen rotsen van de Wisconsin Dells.

Tot het grondgebied van Wisconsin behoorde oorspronkelijk ook een gebied dat in 1835 aan Michigan werd toegevoegd en nu bekendstaat als het Bovenschiereiland.

Op 29 mei 1848 werd Wisconsin formeel de 30e staat van de Verenigde Staten. Tijdens de Amerikaanse Burgeroorlog hoorde het bij de Unie. Later in het decennium emigreerden Duitsers, Polen, Noren, Ieren, Nederlanders, Belgen, Zwitsers en andere Europeanen naar Wisconsin. Deze immigranten waren op zoek naar betere economische kansen, en in sommige gevallen op de vlucht voor politieke onderdrukking.

Nederlanders en Belgen

Een groep katholieke Nederlanders, bestaande uit voornamelijk arme keuterboeren uit Noord-Brabant en Limburg, vertrok naar de staat Wisconsin, waar ze zich onder meer vestigden in Little Chute en Green Bay. Ook een grote groep Belgen en Nederlanders vestigde zich in de staat, onder andere in Brown County en Kewaunee County. Enkele plaatsnamen (zoals Belgium en Namur) houden de herinnering hieraan levendig.

Wisconsin in America

Wisconsin with cities

Counties Map

Migration Map

Belgian settlement in Wisconsin

Flag of Wisconsin

E pluribus unum = Out of many, one

On, Wisconsin

On, Wisconsin!” is not only the University’s “fight song,” but it has also been designated as the official State Song of Wisconsin.  It is undoubtedly one of the most popular school songs in the country and has been adopted by thousands of high school bands.  It is rare to attend a high school football game anywhere in the United States and not hear “On, Wisconsin!” performed by at least one school band.

The melody of this famous song was composed in 1909 by
W. T. Purdy, a corporation clerk who, prior to that time, had never set foot in Wisconsin.  The words were supplied by Carl Beck, a former University of Wisconsin student.  In one day, these two young men produced the song that John Philip Sousa called “the finest of college marching songs.”

    On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin!

    Grand old badger state! We, thy loyal sons and daughters, Hail thee, good and great. On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin! Champion of the right, "Forward", our motto

    God will give thee might!

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Greetings from Wisconsin

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