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Michigan State Facts

Population (1994): 9,496,000 (8th in size)

State size: 58,527 square miles (23rd in size)

State Capital: Lansing (named after the town of Lansing in New York)

Major cities: Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Warren

Admission to union: The 26th State

Date entered the union: January 26, 1837

Origin of state name: Named after Lake Michigan, from the Indian name meaning "large lake".

Nicknames: The Wolverine State

Bordering states: Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio

State bird: Robin

State flower: Apple Blossom

State tree: Eastern White Pine

Motto: If You Seek a Pleasant Peninsula, Look Around You


Geographic Landmarks

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Located in the heart of the Great Lakes: Lake Huron, Lake Erie, Lake Michigan and Lake Superior.  


Points of Interest

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The Erie Canal is a major water transportation network on the Great Lakes.  


Major Industries

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Michigan is best known for its automobile manufacturing. Other manufacturing includes furniture, machinery, iron, steel, chemicals and food. There are some natural resources and farming. Tourism is also a major industry particularly the Great Lakes.  


Historical Highlights

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Michigan was first settled by the French at Sault St. Marie in 1668. The opening of the Erie Canal in 1825 brought many settlers to the area.  


Population and Culture

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Interesting Tidbits

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Links to other sites about Michigan

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