20th State (December 10, 1817), the south U.S.
State Abbreviation: MS
Nickname: Magnolia State
Origin of Name: From an Indian word meaning "Father of Waters"
Things to Know
United States Senators from Mississippi.
Hernando de Soto
, a Spanish explorer, discovered the
Mississippi River in 1540.
In 1798, Spain relinquished its claims on the Mississippi
is the second-longest river in the United States.
Major Rivers: Mississippi River,
Big Black River
, Pearl River,
Things to Do
Mississippi State Bird and State Flower Printable Color Page.
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Blanche K. Bruce
The first African-American to serve a full term in the United States Senate.
William Cuthbert Faulkner
(1935 - 1977), popular rock-and-roll singer.
Elizabeth Lee Hazen
(1885 - 1975), inventor
Oprah Winfrey, talk-show host
Sites to See
Ancient Architects of the Mississippi
Ancient Architects of the Mississippi were Native American travelers, traders, farmers, and religious folks.
The Mississippian Mound-builders
Mississippi History Now
-Mississippi Historical Society
River Of Song
A Smithsonian series on contemporary music along the Mississippi River.
Information on steamboats.
Things To Do-Other Sites
Read about the Mississippi State Quarter and print
out the color page.
Interactive educational to learn about our wetlands.