Located in the Southern United States.

Mississippi USA Location

Total Population: 3 Million Residents

Capital City: Jackson

Largest Cities:
Jackson: 173,514
Gulfport: 67,793
Southaven: 48,982

Bordering States - Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee

Some Famous People From Mississippi

Elvis Presley - Singers From East Tupelo

Oprah Winfrey - Talk-Show Host From Kosciusko

Tennessee Williams - Pulitzer Prize Winning Writer From Columbus

Faith Hill - Singer From Star

LeAnn Rimes - Country Singer From Jackson

James Earl Jones - Actor From Arkabutla

Diane Ladd - Film Director And Actress From Meridian

Buddy Myer - Baseboll Player From Ellisville

John Lee Hooker - Blues Musician From Coahoma County

Lester Young - Jazz Tenor Saxophonist From Woodville

Britney Spears - Singer From McComb

Recommended Places To See In Mississippi

Grand Village of the Natchez Indians - Natchez

Delta Blues Museum - Clarksdale

Beauvoir - Biloxi

Vicksburg National Military Park - Vicksburg

History Of Mississippi

Mississippi joined the union as the 20th state in 1817. Spanish explorers arrived in the region in 1540 but it was the French who established the first permanent settlement in 1699. During the first half of the 19th century, Mississippi was the top cotton producer in the United States, and owners of large plantations depended on the labor of black slaves. Mississippi seceded from the Union in 1861 and suffered greatly during the American Civil War. Despite the abolition of slavery, racial discrimination endured in Mississippi, and the state was a battleground of the Civil Rights Movement in the mid-20th century.

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