The Magnolia State
Mississippi, United States
The Magnolia State Reviews
Magnolias and the Mississippi River Jan 11, 2010
Another stop in my quest to visit all 50 States of the Union, this stop is Mississippi. I called Mississippi home for about a year from the mid 1999 to the middle part of 2000. Located in southern United States, the state get’s it’s name from the Mississippi River which flows on it’s western boundary. Besides the Mississippi river, the state is home to three other rivers namely Big Black River, Pearl River and Yazoo River. The word Mississippi translates to “gathering of waters” in ancient Chicasaw Indian language. With a population of less than 3 million residents, Mississippi is not exactly a large state. The State is well known for it’s Magnolia trees (thus the name Magnolia State) and the plentiful catfish that boosts it’s economy. The bordering states of Mississippi include Louisiana, Tennessee, Alabama and Arkansas. The Gulf of Mexico on the west forms a small narrow coast. The capital city of Mississippi is Jackson, I never really visited Jackson but managed to visit other cities like Gulfport, Gautier, Pascagoula and Bay St. Louis. The capital city Jackson has a population of about 174, 000 residents, not a big population if compared to cities like New Orleans. Mississippi is also the birthplace of the King of Rock and Roll (Elvis Presley), he was born in Tupelo.
The history of the State is quite interesting: as a student of history, I’m always fascinated with background information. It is interesting to note that Mississippi was first discovered by Hernando de Soto who discovered the Mississippi river in 1540 when he first explored the region for Spain, the Spanish did not relinquish their claim on the discovery until 1798. The region was later claimed by the French and a permanent settlement was established in 1699 in the area of Ocean Springs. A few years later the English took over the area after the French - Indian wars of 1763. In 1783 Britain gave it to the United States after the revolution and present Southern Mississippi was annexed to the U.S.
Here are some facts and exciting information for you if you choose to travel to the Magnolia State:
Home to Vicksburg National Military Park
Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site
Tupelo National Battlefield
Natchez Trace National Parkway
Pre-Civil War Mansions
Magnolia Trees: Southern magnolia is an aristocrat of trees. It grows as a native throughout the lower South. With glossy evergreen foliage and large white fragrant blossoms in spring, it truly is one of the most handsome and durable native trees for Southern landscapes.
Mississippi River: second longest river in the United States after the Missouri river. The Mississippi and its tributaries drain almost all the plains between the Appalachian Mountains and the Rocky Mountains. Its drainage basin is the third largest in the world, exceeded in size only by the watersheds of the Amazon and Congo Rivers.
Big Black River :The headwaters of the Big Black River are in Webster County in north-central Mississippi. From there the river flows southwesterly and discharges into the Mississippi River. The basin is about 160 miles long and 20 to 25 miles wide.
Pearl River: Forms in from the confluence of Nanawaya and Tallahaga Creeks. It is 790 kilometers (490 mi) long. More about Biloxi in my Mississippi blog
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