Arkansas Real Estate History The real estate that today resides in Arkansas has a long and storied history. Sit back and relax while I provide you with a condensed tale of Arkansas and the real estate that makes up its lands. Early History Arkansas was inhabited for several thousand years by Native Americans before the arrival of Europeans during the mid-16th century when Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto first arrived in the area. The name of Arkansas was probably given by early French explorers who used a phonetic spelling of a Native American Quapaw word. French settlers had good relations with the Quapaw and often intermarried. Pine Bluff, Arkansas was actually founded by the child of a French-Quapaw marriage. Arkansas was admitted to the Union in 1836 as America's 25th state. During the battle for state rights that led to the Civil War, Arkansas was one of the last of the Southern states to secede. They did so only after President Lincoln called on them to supply troops to retaliate against a Confederate attack on Fort Sumter. Arkansas then chose to secede to avoid fighting against a neighboring state. At the end of the Civil War, Arkansas was readmitted to the Union. Recent History Arkansas cemented itself in civil rights history with Brown v. Topeka Board of Education wherein the Supreme Court ruled that segregated schools were unconstitutional. Improving racial attitudes have created an influx of blacks, whose population fell during World War II as many of the state's blacks moved out of state in search of better jobs. Bill Clinton was born in Hope, Arkansas. Clinton went on to serve his home state as governor for 12 years. Remax Arkansas (http://www.remax-arkansas.com/arkansas-real-estate.aspx) specializes in finding you the perfect piece of Arkansas real estate. The author, Billings Farnsworth, is a freelance writer.