We began research over territories and different laws

We chose our topic, the Missouri/Iowa Border Dispute, using the Iowa National History Day website’s topic idea source. We came across a lot of intriguing topic ideas. We wanted to do a topic that was located in Iowa because we thought it would be interesting to learn some more about our state. Very rarely do you hear about exciting occurrences in Iowa, but we found a lot of appealing topics. Scanning through the website we limited our choice down to three topics. After conducting some small research over the three subjects we selected the border dispute now known as the Honey War. We found this the most interesting of the three because we thought it was unique in how it was dealt with, and it’s relatively unknown even within the two affected states.     We knew researching this topic would be challenging because it was so obscure and unknown. We began searching for a simple overview of the topic and realized how widespread this topic was. We began research over territories and different laws that affected the border and the land surrounding it. We did not realize that this strife had so much history in different territories and land purchases.    We thought that a documentary would best suit our topic because we are both visual and auditory learners, and thought a documentary would best showcase the maps. The storytelling aspect and feeling of a documentary could better show our research because it holds more emotion and attention.      Our topic picks the themes of conflict and compromise because the two states conflicted on where the border between them was. Missouri believed the border was about 10 miles north of where the original Sullivan Line was, and Iowa believed that the Sullivan line was correct. The Iowa/Missouri Border Dispute, or “Honey War”, was a conflict between the state of Missouri and the Iowa territory. The Supreme Court forced a compromise between the two states in 1949, putting the border in the original place, where it currently remains. This had a remaining impact on how surveying was performed after the conflict. Colonel John C. Sullivan, the man who surveyed the original border between the two states, made a large amount of mistakes. He read his compass wrong, marked the border wrong, and described the border’s location wrong, meaning when he died, it was up to another to find where he was referring to. Due to the conflict that followed after this poorly done job, many surveyors learned from Colonel John C. Sullivan’s mistakes.