4-24 The State of Mississippi

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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.

Emblem/Symbol Name of Emblem/Symbol Adopted
Motto "Virtute et armis" - By valor and arms 1894
Nickname Magnolia State  
State Seal 1798
State Bird Mockingbird 1944
State Flower Magnolia 1952
State Song "Go, Mississippi" 1962
State Tree Magnolia 1938
State Flag 1894
State Insect Honeybee 1980
State Butterfly Spicebush Swallowtail 1991
State Fish Largemouth Bass 1974
State Land Mammal White-tailed Deer
Red Fox
State Water Mammal Bottlenose Dolphin 1974
State Reptile American Alligator 2005
State Stone Petrified Wood 1976
State Waterfowl Wood Duck 1974

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 of Spain.

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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