1. Southern Illinois, known as Little Egypt, is the southern third of Illinois, principally along and south of Interstate 64.
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2. Much of Southern Illinois is still culturally affiliated with the Mid-South: Western Kentucky, Southwestern Indiana, West Tennessee, and the Missouri Bootheel.
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4. Southern Illinois became a part of the Indiana Territory in 1800.
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16. Thus, settlers who came to Southern Illinois were from Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee, with most of these being of northern English and Scots-Irish descent, who formed the last major migration from the British Isles to the colonies before the Revolutionary War, and settled mostly in the backcountry.
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