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How did Mississippi get its name?

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According to the Encyclopædia Britannica, Mississippi's name was derived from a Native American language. The Online Etymology Dictionary explains that the name was originally that of the river. The name combines the Ojibwa words "mshi," meaning "big," and "ziibi," meaning "river."

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How did Mississippi get its name?
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Mississippi is one of the smaller states in the United States. It was first organized as a U.S. territory in 1798, then became the 20th state of the union when it achieved statehood in 1817. The state was historically known for a genteel, rural and relatively relaxed lifestyle. The old towns in the state feature a number of historic mansions that reflect this legacy.

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