The great state of Mississippi
became the 20th state in the Union on
December 10, 1817 . The state capital is Jackson.
The name Mississippi is possibly from the Chippewa Indian
words "mici zibi," meaning great river.
Mississippi was first explored by Hernando de Soto of
Spain when he discovered the Mississippi River in 1540. The
region was later claimed by France. In 1699, a French group, under
Sieur d'Iberville, established the first permanent settlement. In
1763, Great Britain took over the area after the French and Indian Wars.
Great Britain ceded it to the U.S. in 1783 after the Revolutionary War.
For a little more than one hundred years cotton was the
undisputed king of Mississippi. Today, agriculture continues to be a
major segment of the state's economy. The state's farmlands yield
harvests of cotton, soybeans, corn, peanuts, pecans, rice, sugar cane, and
sweet potatoes as well as poultry, eggs, meat animals, dairy products,
feed crops, and horticultural crops. Mississippi remains the world's
leading producer of pond-raised catfish.
Name of Emblem/Symbol
"Virtute et armis" - By valor and arms
State Land Mammal
State Water Mammal
Complete the questions below.
1. Mississippi became the
20th state in the Union on December 10,
2. The Spicebush Swallowtail is the state .
3. The state tree is the .
4. Mississippi was first explored by
5. "Virtute et armis" means
6. The state stone is
7. The state flower is the .
8. The state land mammal adopted in 1997 is the .
9. The state nickname is the "."
10. The state waterfowl is the
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