The region today occupied by the State of Kentucky was populated by Indian tribes – Shawnees, Delawares and Cherokees – when it was explored, from the end of the eighteenth century, by Robert Cavelier da Sala when he descended from Mississippi (1681-1682), then from the middle of the eighteenth century by the Americans Thomas Walker (1750), Christopher Gist (1751) or Daniel Boone (1767).
The defeat of the Indians in 1774, remote from northern Ohio, marked the beginning of colonization: the foundation of Harrodsburg (first permanent colony in 1774) by James Harrod and Boonesboro (1775) by Daniel Boone.
When passing to Kentucky, that first Virginia belonged, it joined the Union on June 1, 1792, as the fifteenth American State. Partly a slave, the State tried to maintain a neutral position when the Secession war broke out. At the same time the homeland of Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, Kentucky officially remained in the Union, supplying soldiers to both camps at the same time, and numerous military operations took place over its territory: battles of Millet Springs and Perryville; invade from the confederates over Paducah.
The exploitation of coal mines, starting in 1870, made it possible to ensure the economic prosperity of the State, favoring in particular the development of metallurgy. Severely affected by the crisis of the 1930s, the regional economy nevertheless renewed with growth after World War II, thanks to the development of mining, industrialization, the diversification of agriculture, and the growth of tourism and service activities.
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Universities in Kentucky
University of Kentucky at Lexington
The University of Kentucky, often referred to simply as the UK or simply Kentucky, is a state university in the city of Lexington. The University of Kentucky was founded in 1865 and today there are over 30,000 enrolled students at the research-intensive university. This makes the University of Kentucky the largest university in Kentucky. The university offers a total of 241 courses. The Faculties of Anatomy, Architecture, Surgery, Geography, International Relations, Neurobiology, Pharmacy and Behavioral Sciences have earned a special reputation.
Transylvania University in Lexington
Transylvania University in Lexington is a private university that was founded in 1780. The relatively small university with approx. 1,100 enrolled students specializes in courses in the liberal arts. The first and only President of the Confederate States (1861-1865), Jefferson Davis, also studied here.
Kentucky State University in Frankfort
Kentucky State University, often referred to as KSU or KYSU, is a state university in the capital Frankfort. Around 18,000 students are currently enrolled here. Kentucky State University was founded in 1886 as a purely African-American university (State Normal School for Colored Persons), today about 50% of all students are African-American. The university consists of the colleges of art, social sciences, math, science, technology and health.
University of Louisville
The state University of Louisville in the city of Louisville was founded in 1798 and now has around 20,000 students. The university’s sports team, the Cardinals, is particularly well known. The clock tower is the architectural landmark of the campus.
Public Schools in Kentucky by County