The name “Mississippi” comes from the Ojibwa (Chippewa) Indian word meaning “great river or gathering of waters”. Mississippi was organized as a territory in 1798 and was admitted as the 20th state to join the Union in 1817. Jackson is the capital city and the largest metropolitan area. While cotton is the most important crop in Mississippi, corn, peanuts, pecans, rice, sugar cane, sweet potatoes, soybeans, food grains, poultry, eggs, meat animals, dairy products, feed crops, and horticultural crops are all important to the state’s economy. Famous Mississippians include Elvis Presley, Brett Favre, Archie Manning, Walter Payton, Tennessee Williams, Eudora Welty, Medger Evers, Jim Henson, B.B. King, and James Earl Jones.
This information was drawn from the Mississippi.gov website, where you will find more detail on Mississippi history and culture.
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