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|Population (1994): 2,669,000
(31st in size)
State size: 47,689 square miles (32nd in size)
State Capital: Jackson (named after Andrew Jackson)
Major cities: Biloxi, Hattiesburg, Jackson, Meridian
Admission to union: The 20th State
Date entered the union: December 10, 1817
Origin of state name: Named after the indian words "misi" meaning "big" and "sipi" meaning "river".
Nicknames: The Magnolia State
Bordering states: Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee with the Gulf of Mexico to the south
State bird: Mockingbird
State flower: Magnolia Blossom
State tree: Southern Magnolia
Motto: By Valor and By Arms
|Major industries include cotton and other agriculture. Natural resources include oil and gas. Manufacturing includes ship building, textiles, forestry and chemicals.|
|Home of many indian tribes. Mississippi was first explored by the Spanish in 1540, but settled by the French in 1699. Later it came under British, then Spanish control. Cotton plantations and slavery played a major role in its history up to the civil war which freed the slaves. The Mississippi River played a major role with its river-boats helping to open up the country.|
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