Admitted to the Union as a state in 1896 on the condition that it outlaw polygamy, Utah is one of only two states in which more than half the population belongs to the same religious denomination—in this case, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). Though the Utah region had been explored by the Spanish and by fur traders, the LDS were principally responsible for the area's settlement, large groups of them having relocated to the Salt Lake Valley in the 1840s, 1850s, and 1860s, fleeing religious persecution ...

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