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Lluis Enric Mayans

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  • Historical notes
  • To be seen
  • Excursions

Mississippi is a state in the South of the United States of America that contains very peculiar characteristics, which determine its charm and at the same time make it very different from all the other states of the federation. Mississippi borders Tennesse to the north, the Gulf of Mexico to the south, Alabama to the east, and Louisiana and Arkansas to the west. The name of the state comes from the largest river in the United States, the Mississippi River which defines the western boundaries.

The territory is very large and is covered with large forests as well as endless cotton plantations.
The capital of Mississippi is Jackson, located in the center of the state, with about 200.000 inhabitants. In all, Mississippi's population reaches nearly 3.000.000.

Mississippi's climate is subtropical, summers are long and hot and humid, while winters are short and mild. Moving towards the center of the country, the temperatures drop but on the coast, the influence of the currents of the Gulf of Mexico is considerable. For this reason, several times the Mississippi has been a territory devastated by hurricanes, the last and ruinous hurricane Katrina.

Historical notes

Around the mid-1800s, Mississippi was among the ten richest states in North America due to the exploitation of cotton plantations. The territory then suffered ruinously the Civil War and the clashes due to intolerances towards the black population. Currently Mississippi remains one of the least prosperous states in the USA but has been able to attract tourists, through the discovery and enhancement of music, in the art form of blues, and through the numerous writers who in Mississippi have found the place to set or make your own successful works.

To be seen

Jackson has an interesting Art Museum which houses paintings by Picasso, Renoir and O 'Keffe, as well as a planetarium. But the main attraction of the city are the activities and concerts related to the blues.

Tupelo it is instead the birthplace of the mythical Elvis Presley, you can visit the house where he lived as a boy, in which the singer's personal items are exhibited.

The Mississippi River Delta is a great attraction, both for nature, for gastronomy but above all for the tradition here too linked to the blues. Numerous outdoor music festivals and events for this type of sound are organized every year.


Typical of the Mississippi River area are river bed cruises. They can also be booked on steamboats that hark back to times gone by and bring back an atmosphere of pure romance. In these large liberty-style ships it is possible to admire the panoramic sunsets while obviously listening to the jazz orchestras playing sentimental 20s ballads.

ABNAMED: “The Magnolia State”
ORIGIN NAME: Mississippi, the great father of Indian water, gives its name to the state, of which it marks the western border.
CAPITAL: Jackson
MEMBER UNION FROM: 10 December 1817 (20th state)
POPULATION: 2.768.619
POOR PEOPLE: 18,1 % water content
MOTTO: "By valor and arms"
TREE: Magnolia
BIRD: Mockingbird
FLOWER: Magnolia
SONG: Go Mississippi
FLAG: The committee to design a flag for the state was appointed by legislative action on February 7, 1894, and that became the official flag.
- AGRICULTURE: Cotton, poultry, livestock, catfish, soy, dairy, rice.
- INDUSTRY : Timber and wood products, food processing.
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