Welcome to TheseUnitedStates - Michigan
Michigan, our 26th state, was admitted to the Union January 26, 1837. The 2000 census has Michigan's population at 9,938,444, ranking 8th in the US. With a total land area of 56,804 square miles, the state ranks 22nd in size. Michigan's capital is Lansing; Detroit is its largest city.
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Michigan fun facts:
Michigan State Bird: Robin
Michigan State Flower: Apple blossom
Michigan State Motto: If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you
Michigan State Song: Michigan, My Michigan
Michigan State Tree: White pine
Nicknames: Great Lakes State, Wolverine State
The geographic center of Michigan lies in Wexford County, 5 miles NNW of Cadillac. At 1,979 feet, Mount Arvon south of Skanee near Lake Superior is the state's highest point. The name Michigan derives from the Chippewa words mici gama, meaning "great water," after the lake of the same name.
Brief History: Early inhabitants were the Ojibwa, Ottawa, Miami, Potawatomi, and Huron. French fur traders and missionaries visited the region in the early 17th century, establishing a mission and a settlement at Sault Ste. Marie by mid-century. In 1763, French settlements were taken by the British, who crushed a Native American uprising led by Ottawa chieftain Pontiac that same year. The US gained the territory under the 1783 Treaty of Paris, but British remained in the area. The British seized Fort Mackinac and Detroit in 1812. Oliver H. Perry's Lake Erie victory and William H. Harrison's victory near the Thames River, forced the British to retreat to Canada in 1813. The opening of the Erie Canal in 1825, along with new land laws and Native American cessions led the way for a flood of settlers.
Michigan is home to Isle Royale National Park. Other attractions include the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, both in Dearborn; Michigan Space Center, Jackson; Tahquamenon (Hiawatha) Falls; DeZwaan windmill and Tulip Festival, Holland; "Soo Locks," St. Mary's Falls Ship Canal, Sault Ste. Marie; Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum; Mackinac Island; Kellogg's Cereal City USA, Battle Creek; and the Motown Historical Museum in Detroit.