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    DAHMERT 'DORY' BANKS BILOXI, Miss. -- Dahmert "Dory" Banks, 88, of Biloxi, Miss., was called home Friday, April 3, 2009, at his residence. Born Dec. 13, 1920, in West Virginia, he moved as a child to...

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This is the master project for Mississippi and its history.

State of Mississippi

  • Nickname(s): "The Magnolia State", "The Hospitality State"
  • Motto(s): Virtute et Armis
  • State Bird: Mockingbird
  • State Flower: Magnolia
  • State Land Mammal: White-Tailed Deer
  • State Waterfowl: Wood Duck State Fish: Largemouth or Black Bass
  • State Insect: Honeybee State Shell: Oyster Shell
  • The State Song: Go, Mississippi
  • Demonym Mississippian
  • Capital (and largest city) Jackson

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Brief History

​Mississippi is named for the Mississippi river which forms its western boundary and empties into the Gulf of Mexico. The name roughly translated from Native American folklore means “Father of Waters.” The translation comes from the Chippewa words “mici zibi” meaning “great river” or “gathering in of all the waters” and the Algonquin word “Messipi”.

Descendant Native American tribes of the Mississippian culture in the Southeast include the Chickasaw and Choctaw. Other tribes who inhabited the territory of Mississippi (and whose names were honored by colonists in local towns) include the Natchez, the Yazoo, and the Biloxi.

The first major European expedition into the territory that became Mississippi was that of the Spanish explorer, Hernando de Soto, who passed through the northeast part of the state in 1540, in his second expedition to the New World.

Mississippi was organized as a territory in 1798 and was admitted as the 20th state to join the Union on December 10, 1817. Jackson is the capital city and the largest metropolitan area. The state has a population of approximately 3 million.

Did you know?

"The Mississippi Delta is the birthplace of the Blues, which preceded the birth of Jazz, the only other original American art form.​​"

sources: ms.gov, Wikipedia


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