Winnipeg is the capital and largest city in the U.S. state of Kahokia, and the primary municipality of the Winnipeg Metropolitan region, which contains over 2/3rds of Kahokia's population. It is locate near the longitudinal center of North America, at the confluence of the Assiniboine River and Red River of the North.
The name is derived from the Cree word for "muddy waters" and was originally a fur trading settlement run by the French and later the British. The town developed into an important frontier trade outpost once in American hands, later incorporated into the City of Winnipeg when the Kahokia Territory was established in 1870. Upon Kahokia's admission to the Union in 1883, Winnipeg became the state capital and also the center of a storm of territorial controversy between the United States and Alaska, both of which claimed the region. Winnipeg weathered a 55-day siege in 1886 during the Alaskan War and became one of the fastest growing cities in North America during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Winnipeg has a diverse economy, with manufacturing, tourism, finance, retail, culture and food production located within the city. It is a transportation hub, serving as America's largest major city in close proximity to both Alaska and France and the presence of its massive railyards, although the significance of that location has diminished with the widespread use of air travel.
The city, as of 2010, has a population of about 637,380, and is the center of a metropolitan area of 766,481 people - making the city of Winnipeg alone home to over 2/3rds of Kahokia's population.