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Arkansas is a Central southern state lying immediately west of the Mississippi river.

Little Rock

The broad plain of the Mississippi covers the east, from which the land rises to the forested Ozark Plateau and Ouachita Mountains. The state -whose name is usually pronounced 'Arkansaw' - has an area of 137 539 km2 (53 104 sq miles) and produces oil, gas and bauxite (aluminium ore). The main farm products are broiler chickens, soya beans, rice and cotton. The capital is LITTLE ROCK.

Arkansas is also a river rising in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and flowing about 2335 km (1450 miles) east then south-east through Kansas and Oklahoma into Arkansas, where it joins the Mississippi.

Little Rock USA

Capital of Arkansas, on the Arkansas River in the centre of the state. It was founded in 1814 and is now an industrial centre producing textiles, electronics and foodstuffs. The city achieved worldwide notoriety in 1957 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent in federal troops to enforce a Supreme Court ruling outlawing racial segregation in schools.

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