Boasting undulating hills and acre upon acre of verdant pastures, IOWA lacks the glitz and glamour of America’s more widely visited states. While nothing about the state truly stands out, Iowa represents as vivid a portrait of quintessential small-town America as you’re likely to find.

Iowa’s history, too, has been relatively uneventful since it was opened for settlement after the Black Hawk Treaty of 1832, a one-sided exercise in negotiation with the Sauk Indians conducted after many of them had been chased down and slaughtered in neighbouring Wisconsin and Illinois. The Northern European immigrants who soon flowed in made agricultural development their prime concern, turning the Iowa countryside into the quilt of rolling corn farms that blanket the state today.

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