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Mississippi is a state located in the Southern United States. The name of the state derives from the Mississippi River, which flows along its western boundary and comes from the Ojibwe word misi-ziibi. See the fact file below for more information about the state of Mississippi or download the comprehensive worksheet pack which can be utilised within the classroom or home environment.
- The state of Mississippi is bordered by Tennessee (North), Alabama (East), Louisiana (South) and across the Mississippi River, by Louisiana and Arkansas (West). Major waterways such as Big Black, Mississippi, Pascagoula, Yazoo, and Pearl River surround the territory with the total land area of 48,430 sq. miles.
- Hernando de Soto first explored the Mississippi River in 1540 under the Spanish flag. In 1699, Sieur d’Iberville a French colonist made the first permanent settlement near present-day Ocean Springs along the gulf.
- By 18th century, the territory was ruled by Spanish, French, and British colonial governments. They traded African slaves as laborers. The class of free colored people was established under the French and British government, who are multiracial descendants of European men and enslaved women, and their children.
- After the war, freedmen refused to attend white-run churches instead, they set up independent congregations. Dominantly, the African-American people left the Southern Baptist Church, diminishing its members. In 1805, the National Baptist Convention of black churches was established.
- On December 10, 1817, it was the 20th state admitted to the Union with David Holmes as the state’s first governor. During the Civil War, it became one of the founding member of the Confederate States.
- Throughout the history of Mississippi, the demographics of African-American people grew heavily due to great migration. Today, the economy of the state is supported by the production of cotton, corn, rice, soybeans, chickens, raising catfish, and dairy products. With hot, humid subtropical climate having long summers and short mild winters.
- Some of its most famous citizen are Jim Henson (puppeteer), Oprah Winfrey (talk show host), Morgan Freeman (actor), James Earl Jones (actor), William Faulkner (author), Elvis Presley (entertainer), Tennessee Williams (playwright), and Walton Payton (football player).
Key Statistical Information On Mississippi
Became a State
December 10, 1817 (20th)
southern region of United States
48,430 sq. miles (32nd)
Jackson, Gulfport, Biloxi, Hattiesburg, Meridian
cotton, corn, rice, soybeans, chickens, raising catfish, dairy products
hot, humid subtropical – long summers and short mild winters
averages 53 inches
Professional Sports Teams
no professional sport teams
Big Black River, Mississippi River, Pascagoula River, Yazoo River, Pearl River
Most Famous Citizens
Jim Henson (puppeteer)
Oprah Winfrey (talk show host)
Morgan Freeman (actor)
James Earl Jones (actor)
William Faulkner (author)
Elvis Presley (entertainer)
Tennessee Williams (playwright)
Walton Payton (football player)
Bird – Mockingbird
Flower – Magnolia
Animal – White-tailed Deer
Tree – Magnolia
Insect – Honeybee
The State Of Mississippi Worksheets
This bundle includes 11 ready-to-use Mississippi worksheets that are perfect for students to learn about Mississippi which is a state located in the Southern United States. The name of the state derives from the Mississippi River, which flows along its western boundary and comes from the Ojibwe word misi-ziibi.
This download includes the following worksheets:
- Mississippi Facts
- Early History
- Famous People
- Winfrey and Freeman’s Advocacy
- Mississippi Crossword
- The State Flag
- State Symbols
- Hurricane Katrina
- City Search
- Cause and Effect
- We are Equals
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