Get to know our 50 states! Here's a post where you can tell us about where you live.Submitted by dexterszyd on Wed, 10/23/2013 - 20:28
Such a cool country we live in. A country made up of 50 independent states bound together in union.
Every state has rich heritage and fascinating history.
I felt like doing a post where everyone can contribute and tell us about your great state. Almost like show and tell in one post. I think it will be an awesome way we can read and appreciate the places our friends here on the Daily Paul live and what makes it so special.
Allow me to kick it off!
Welcome to Michigan, my home state. The name Michigan is the French form of the Ojibwa word mishigamaa, meaning "large water" or "large lake"
Michigan is the only state to consist of two peninsulas. The Lower Peninsula, to which the name Michigan was originally applied, is often noted to be shaped like a mitten. The Upper Peninsula (often referred to as "the U.P.") is separated from the Lower Peninsula by the Straits of Mackinac, a five-mile (8 km) channel that joins Lake Huron to Lake Michigan. The two peninsulas are connected by the Mackinac Bridge.
What is now Michigan was first settled by various Native American tribes before being colonized by French explorers in the 17th century and becoming a part of New France. After the defeat of France in the French and Indian War in 1762 the region came under British rule, and was finally ceded to the newly independent United States after the British defeat in the American Revolutionary War. The area was organized as part of the larger Northwest Territory until it was admitted into the Union on January 26, 1837 as the 26th state. The state of Michigan soon became an important center of industry and trade in the Great Lakes region and a popular immigrant destination.