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Michigan is a state in the Great Lakes region of the Midwestern United States. The name Michigan is the French form of the Ojibwa word mishigamaa, meaning “large water” or “large lake”. See the fact file below for more information about Michigan or download the comprehensive worksheet pack which can be utilized within the classroom or home environment.
- The state of Michigan is comprised of 58,110 square miles (150,504 km²) of land, 38,575 square miles (99,909 km²) of Great Lakes waters and 1,305 square miles (3,380 km²) of inland waters with a total area of 96,716.11 sq mi (250,493.57 km2). The Great Lake along with four other small lakes bordered the state, so it possesses a number of lighthouses.
- In 1622, the first Europeans that explore the territory were with Étienne Brûlé’s expedition. After more or less five decades, the French settlement was founded on the site where Père Jacques Marquette established Sault Ste. Marie, making Michigan the base for Catholic missions
- In 1762, after the defeat of France in the French and Indian War the region came under the British colony and was soon won by the Americans during the Revolution. During the War of 1812, Detroit with the surrounding area was surrendered. The River Raisin Massacre was the bloodiest battle ever fought in the state with the highest number of American casualties trying to regain Detroit.
- In 1805, the said land was admitted to the Union on January 26, 1837, as the 26th state. By 1825, the population grew due to migrants coming from the neighboring states due to the opening of the Erie Canal that connects the Great Lakes, the Hudson River, and New York City.
- Michigan’s capital city is Lansing, and the largest city is Detroit. The highest point is Mount Arvon while Lake Erie as the lowest point.
- The state’s economy was driven by the birth of the automotive industry. Industrialists such as Ransom E. Olds, John and Horace Dodge, Henry Leland, David Dunbar Buick, Henry Joy, Charles King, and Henry Ford concentrated on technology and engineering. Making Detroit as the car capital of the world.
- Aside from automobiles, Michigan is also known for producing blueberries, cherries, apples, grapes, peaches, wines, sugar beets, navy beans, and soybeans. Plus, its famous citizens Avery Brundage (businessman, sportsman), Thomas Dewey (a public official), Edna Ferber (author), Henry Ford (industrialist), Will Kellogg (businessman), and Charles Lindbergh (aviator).
Key Statistical Information On Michigan
Became a State
January 26, 1837 (26th)
east north-central United States
96,716 sq. miles (11th)
Detroit, Grand Rapids, Warren, Sterling Heights, Flint, Lansing, Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo
blueberries, cherries, apples, grapes, peaches, wines, sugar beets, navy beans, soybeans, automobiles
humid continental climate – two distinct regions: lower peninsula has hot, humid summers and cold winters – Upper Penisula has warm, humid, hot, but shorter summers and long cold to very cold winters
averages 30 – 40 inches
Professional Sports Teams
Detroit Tigers (Major League Baseball)
Detroit Lions (National Football League)
Detroit Red Wings (National Hockey League)
Detroit Pistons (National Basketball Association)
Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, Straits of Mackinac, Lake St. Clair
Most Famous Citizens
Avery Brundage (businessman, sportsman)
Thomas Dewey (a public official)
Edna Ferber (author)
Henry Ford (industrialist)
Will Kellogg (businessman)
Charles Lindbergh (aviator)
Bird – Robin
Flower – Apple Blossom
Animal – White-tailed Deer
Tree – White Pine
Insect – Green Darner Dragonfly
The State Of Michigan Worksheets
This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use Michigan State focused worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about the state in the Great Lakes region of the Midwestern United States. The name Michigan is the French form of the Ojibwa word mishigamaa, meaning “large water” or “large lake”.
Download includes the following worksheets:
- Michigan Facts
- Before Statehood
- Fast Facts
- The State Flag
- Famous People of Michigan
- Michigan in the Civil War
- Henry Ford and Motors
- The State Symbols
- City Search
- What I Learned
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