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After a difficult battle in Congress, Missouri entered the Union in 1821 as part of a package of

compromises. Maine was admitted as a free state to balance slavery in Missouri, and a line drawn at latitidue 36° 30' put most of the rest of the Louisiana Territory off-limits to slavery in the future.  

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There were 11 free states and 11 slave states before the Missouri Compromise. The admission of Missouri as a slave state... View the full answer

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