The great state of Michigan
became the 26th state on January 26,
1837. Michigan is from an Algonquian Chippewa Indian word "Meicigama,"
meaning great or large lake.
There are 11,037 inland lakes in Michigan and 3,288 miles of Great Lakes
1668, Fathers Jacques Marquette and Claude
Dablon established the first mission at Sault Ste. Marie. The French
established Fort Michilimackinac at the Straits of Mackinac in 1715.
In 1763, Indian wars broke out in the area and Pontiac lead a 135-day
siege of Detroit. The Indians captured all the forts in Michigan, except
Detroit. The British evacuated Detroit in 1796 and abandoned their
posts on the Great Lakes. Detroit and Fort Mackinac were surrendered
to the British during the War of 1812. In 1819, the Treaty of
Saginaw ceded nearly 6 million acres of Indian lands to Michigan settlers
and Michigan sent a delegate to Congress. The Legislature passed a
law in 1847 to locate the state capital in Lansing. In 1908, Ford
began manufacturing the Model T. The five-mile Mackinac Bridge
opened on Nov. 1, 1957.
Name of Emblem/Symbol
"Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam, circum
spice" (If you are seeking a pleasant peninsula, look around
Dwarf Lake Iris
Isle Royal Greenstone
Complete the questions below.
1. Michigan became the 26th
state on January 26,
2. The state nickname is the "."
3. The state tree is the
4. The Treaty
of Saginaw ceded nearly six
acres of Indian lands to Michigan settlers.
5. "My Michigan" is the state
6. "Si quaeris peninsulam
amoenam, circum spice" means
7. The Dwarf Lake Iris is the state
8. Ford began
manufacturing the Model T. in
9. The state flower is the
10. The state fish is the
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