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History & Genealogy




The name of Michigan is derived from the Indian word Michsawgyegan, the meaning of which is the Lake Country. It is bounded on the north by Lake Superior; on the east by Lakes Huron, St. Clair, and Erie; on the south by Ohio and Indiana; and on the west by Wisconsin and Lake Michigan; and the extent of its dominion is fifty-six thousand two hundred and forty-three square miles.


Michigan Facts

CAPITAL: Lansing
STATE NICKNAME: "The Wolverine State"
STATE FLOWER: Apple Blossom
Territory: 1805
Admitted to Union: January 26, 1837 - 26th State
Motto: Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam, circumspice -- If you seek a pleasent peninsula, look about you
Origin of state's name: Based on Chippewa Indian word "meicigama" meaning "great water" and refers to the Great Lakes.

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