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The history of Utah differs considerably from that of the other states. Before the arrival of Europeans in the New World, the area was populated by Indian tribes such as the Uintah, Ouray and Utes, for whom the state is named. On 24 July 1847, the first Mormon settlers arrived in the area, at that time far removed from other American settlements. The region then still belonged to Mexico, which had to cede it to the United States after a war in 1848.

It was not until 4 January 1896 that Utah formally became the 45th state of the United States. Local leaders had been pushing for this for more than forty years, but had encountered resistance from the federal government, which demanded the abolition of polygamy, among other things.

One of the beaches during the Normandy Invasion in World War II was named after Utah, Utah Beach.

See also the history of the United States.


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