What Are Some Interesting Facts About Mississippi?

One of the most interesting facts about Mississippi is that it has more tree farms than any other state. Nearly 60 percent of Mississippi is heavily forested and more than 100 tree species can be found in the state. Mississippi is also the home of the Mississippi River, the 10th-largest and fourth-longest river in the world.

For thousands of years, Mississippi experienced seasonal flooding, which created a fertile floodplain in the Mississippi Delta where most trees and agricultural crops are grown. The lower Delta grows cash crops, such as the short-staple cotton, while the upper Delta cultivates rice, soybean, corn, poultry and catfish. Mississippi is also called the Magnolia State because of the abundance of magnolia flowers and trees in the state. Aside from magnolias, almost half of Mississippi is covered in trees, such as pine, elm, oak, hickory, cotton, tupelo, pecan and sweetgum.

Also called the Old Man River, the Mississippi River is the chief waterway in the United States. It runs along the borders of 10 states. The state of Mississippi is named after the river, which came from the Native American's Ojibwe word "misi zibi" meaning "great river" or "Father of Waters." The state was inhabited by Native Americans thousands of years ago, but only a small number of indigenous Americans live in Mississippi as of 2014.