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Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto is believed to have visited the region in about 1541. The first settlers began arriv- ing before the Civil War. The region, later forming parts of Jefferson, Saline and Hot Spring Counties, was divided by pol- itics and patriotism during the Civil War. Following the war, local citizens devel- oped plans to create a new county, tak- ing land from existing counties. 54 

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