Facts of Michigan
The discovering of MichiganThe French started trading with the Indians in 1620. In 1688 Father Jacques Marquette - a missonary and explorer - founded a permanent village by the name of Saulte Ste. Marie. Other missionaries also established missions around the entire perimeter of Lake Michigan, hence there are Christian Indians.
MichiganThere are two theories where the name Michigan is derived from. The first says that it is derived from the Indian word 'Mishigamaa', which means 'Big Lake'. Or it's from the Indian Word 'Míshikehn' or 'Mákinaak' which both means 'the Big Turtle'. The story of the beginning of Michigan, and the beginning of the world, after a deluge, is at the island 'Mackinac Island'. Sand of the sea-bottom was layed down on a turtle, and so came Michigan.
With thanks to Jaawano Giijik (T. Geertsema), Warffum.
The State-stuffThe Americans know this. But almost all the people of the rest of the world don't. Every state has some special State-stuff. Those things has to be found in that state. For Michigan it's:
|State ...||What||Adopted in|
|Game Mammal||Whitetail Deer||Unknown|
|Motto||'Si quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam Circumspice'|
('If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you')
|Nickname||'the Wolverine State'||Unknown|
|Wildflower||Dwarf Lake Iris||1998|
|1805||The Michigan Territory is established with Detroit as the Capital|
|1837||Michigan becomes the 26th state of the US|
|1847||The Capital is moved to Lansing|
|1914||Thousands of people come to Michigan to work in the auto industry, because Henry Ford promised $5.00 per day|
|1957||The 'Mackinac Bridge' is completed, uniting the two Peninsulas|
With thanks to the State of Michigan (Lt. Gov.)
Why is Upper Peninsula from Michigan?In 1834, Michigan wanted to join the US. But the state of Michigan said that the border was at the south of Toledo. Ohio said that it was from them. The federal government said that Ohio owned Toledo, but Michigan received Upper Peninsula for their los. They didn't like it very much, because it's onhospitable territory. But when they found iron ore and copper, they were very glad.