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Did you know that the state of Mississippi is situated in the Southern region of America? Did you know that Mississippi is the 20th state of the U.S. Constitution? Our selection of interesting, cool fun facts and trivia will help you and your children increase your knowledge on this fascinating US State!

Fun Fact 1: The name Mississippi originated from a French interpretation of the Native American word "misi-sipi" which means big river

Fun Fact 2: The flag of Mississippi consists of a field of three horizontal stripes of equal thickness in the national colours; the top strip is blue, middle white, bottom red. The left corner (canton) of the flag contains the Confederate Southern Cross (sometimes called the union square); the blue cross contains 13 five pointed white stars, which represent the original 13 states of the union

Fun Fact 3: There are eighty-two counties, and 115 cities in Mississippi. The Capital city is Jackson

Fun Fact 4: The area of the State covers 125,443 square kilometers or 48,430 square miles

Fun Fact 5: There are four states that border Mississippi they are; Alabama
Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee

Fun Fact 6: The Mississippi state nickname is "The Magnolia State" the name was adopted due to the large number of magnolia flowers and trees throughout the state

Fun Fact 7: Where is the Mississippi River? The river starts at Lake Itasca in the State of Minnesota, it travels through ten states and ends in Louisiana where joins the Gulf of Mexico. The Mississippi River is approximately 3,730 km or 2,320 miles long

Fun Fact 8: The official State Song is "Go Mis-sis-sip-pi" the song was written by Houston Davis

Fun Fact 9: The three largest cities in Mississippi are Jackson, Gulfport and Biloxi

Fun Fact 10: The State Motto is "Virtute et armis" the State Motto translated from Latin reads "By Valor and Arms"

Fun Fact 11: A brief history of Mississippi - the first documented settlement was by the French in 1699. Originally part of Louisiana, it was passed to the British, and then to Spain before it became part of the US in 1783. Mississippi was the 20th State to be admitted to the Union on December 10, 1817

Fun Fact 12: The abbreviation letters for the state of Mississippi are - Miss. The Postal Code abbreviation is - MS

Fun Fact 13: MS state symbols include; MS animal symbol - the Red Fox. MS state bird symbol - the Mockingbird. MS state flower symbol - Magnolia. MS state insect emblem - the Honeybee. MS State tree - Magnolia

Fun Fact 14: The Mississippi Gulf Coast has 62 miles of beautiful shore including the world's longest artificial beach. Highway 90 also known as Beach Boulevard, stretches for 26 miles, which gives it the title of the worlds longest man-made beach

Fun Fact 15: The US Department of Commerce Census Bureau states that the Population of Mississippi in 2012 was an estimated 2,984,926. This compares to a population of 1,551,270 in the 1900 census

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