15 Facts About Mississippi : The Magnolia State

Mississippi is a state in the deep south region of the United States of America. Mississipi is known for its historical monuments and museums. Mississipi is famous for its magnolias, bluegrass music, and southern charm. Many prominent events of the civil rights movement occurred in the Mississippi. The City of Jackson is the capital and the most populous city of Mississippi state. The top industry of the Mississippi state is Agriculture and forestry. Mississippi Delta is called The Most Southern Place on Earth. The Mississippi River is in the west of Mississippi state.

Mississippi is one of the oldest human inhabitant lands of the southern region. The Paleo-Indian people reached the land approximately 10,000 B.C. The Native Americans developed one of the oldest trade hubs on the land from 800 CE to 1600 CE. Some of the monuments built by the Indians are still standing on the Mississippi and Ohio River valleys. By 1540 Spanish explorers arrived in the region by crossing the Mississippi River. The French first colonized the land as the "New France" by April 1699. Britsh colonies ruled the land following the defeat of the Frech forces in the French and Indian War. After some more historical events, the Mississippi become a part of the United States on December 10, 1817, as the 20th state. Mississippi was the second state to secede from the Union On January 9, 1861. Estimated 80,000 Mississippians took part in the Civil War for the Confederate Army. The Union regained control over Mississippi in 1863.

Mississippi has an eventful history. The state is one of the least financial stong states. But that doesn't harm the state's stature of being one of the friendliest states. Mississippi witnessed the period of Indian settlements, Frech colonializations, and the formation of the United States. Once there were more slaves than free men in the state. Mississippi is home to Germany Kent, Elvis Presley, William Raspberry, Zig Ziglar, Oprah Winfrey, and many other famous and successful people. These are some interesting little known facts about Mississippi.

Mississippi state is named after the Mississippi River. People from the Ojibwe tribe called the massive river messipi means the big river. From the word messipi, the river got the name Mississippi.

The city of Natchez is the oldest in Mississippi. French colonists established the city in 1716. Natchez city is named after the Native American Natchez tribe. In the 18th century, around 4,000-6,000 Natchez people lived in different village districts of Mississippi.

Mississippi is the state of churches. According to a 2009 Gallup poll, the state has the highest number of per capita churches.

Mississippi is the 10th most forest dense state of the US. In the state, 65.07% of the land area is covered with forests.

The European honey bee is the state insect of Mississippi. The Spicebush Swallowtail is the state butterfly of Mississippi.

Oyster is the state shell of Mississippi. Mississippi is one of fourteen states to have a state shell.

Woodall Mountain is the Mississippi state's highest point. The mountain stands 807 feet tall. Woodall Mountain is also known as the Yow Hill.

Almost about 60% of all catfish grown in the US are grown in Belzoni. The city in Mississippi has 40,000 acres of pond area to grow catfish. Therefore Belzoni is known as the catfish capital of the World.

Mississippi is home to the oldest Biblical manuscript in America. The manuscript has been preserved at the University of Mississippi.

Mississippi Petrified Forest is believed to be 36 million years old. It is one of only two petrified forests in the eastern United States.

The designer of the US dollar sign is Oliver Pollock. He died on December 17, 1823, in Pinckneyville, Mississippi. The resting place of Oliver Polok is in Mississippi.

Southern Magnolia is the state tree of Mississippi. The bloom of the Southern Magnolia is the state flower.

Mississippi is called in various names. The state has been called The Magnolia State, The Bayou State, The Eagle State, The Border-eagle State, The Mud-cat State, The Ground-hog State, and some more names.

There is a village named Money in LeFlore County Mississippi.

USA’s largest Bible-binding plant is located in Greenwood, Mississippi.

Mississippi is a state of history, river, and forests. Virtute et Armis is the state motto of Mississippi. The lines translate to “By Valor and Arms.” Mississippi is bearing a native past to a roaring new opportunity. Love for Mississippi and all Mississippian.