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Mississippi Symbols, State Names
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Magnolia State - Because of the abundance of magnolia flowers and trees in the state. The magnolia is the official state flower and the official state tree.
Eagle State - Eagle on its coat of arms.
Border-Eagle State - Eagle on its coat of arms.
Mud-cat State - Catfish.
Origin of Name
From an Indian word meaning “Father of Waters”
The state of Mississippi is named after the Mississippi River. Though the river was called by many different names, the name Mississippi given to it by the Indians was the name that was used on Robert Cavelier Sieur de La Salle's map of the area in 1695.
Mississippi means "large river" to the Chippewa Indians.
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