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Location of Michigan within the United States
Michigan () is a state in the Great Lakes and Midwestern regions of the United States. Its name comes from the Ojibwe word mishigami, meaning "large water" or "large lake". With a population of approximately 10 million, Michigan is the tenth most populous of the 50 United States, the 11th most extensive by area, and the largest by area east of the Mississippi River. Its capital is Lansing, and its largest city is Detroit. Metro Detroit is among the nation's most populous and largest metropolitan economies.
Michigan is the only state to consist of two peninsulas. The Lower Peninsula is shaped like a mitten. The Upper Peninsula (often called "the U.P.") is separated from the Lower Peninsula by the Straits of Mackinac, a five-mile (8 km) channel that joins Lake Huron to Lake Michigan. The Mackinac Bridge connects the peninsulas. Michigan has the longest freshwater coastline of any political subdivision in the world, being bordered by four of the five Great Lakes, plus Lake Saint Clair. It also has 64,980 inland lakes and ponds.
The area was first occupied by a succession of Native American tribes over thousands of years. Inhabited by Natives, Métis, and French explorers in the 17th century, it was claimed as part of New France colony. After France's defeat in the French and Indian War in 1762, the region came under British rule. Britain ceded the territory to the newly independent United States after Britain's defeat in the American Revolutionary War. The area was part of the larger Northwest Territory until 1800, when western Michigan became part of the Indiana Territory. Michigan Territory was formed in 1805, but some of the northern border with Canada was not agreed upon until after the War of 1812. Michigan was admitted into the Union in 1837 as the 26th state, a free one. It soon became an important center of industry and trade in the Great Lakes region and a popular émigré destination in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; immigration from many European countries to Michigan was also the busiest at that time, especially for those who emigrated from Finland, Macedonia and the Netherlands.
Although Michigan developed a diverse economy, it is widely known as the center of the U.S. automotive industry, which developed as a major economic force in the early 20th century. It is home to the country's three major automobile companies (whose headquarters are all in Metro Detroit). While sparsely populated, the Upper Peninsula is important for tourism due to its abundance of natural resources, while the Lower Peninsula is a center of manufacturing, forestry, agriculture, services, and high-tech industry.
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The 2010 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race that was held on June 13, 2010 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. Contested over 200 laps, it was the fifteenth race of the 2010 Sprint Cup Series season. The race was won by Denny Hamlin for the Joe Gibbs Racing team. Kasey Kahne finished second, and Kurt Busch, who started first, clinched third.
driver Busch maintained his lead into the first turn to begin the race, but Jamie McMurray
, who started in the second position on the grid
, passed him to lead the first lap. Hamlin soon became the leader and would lead a race high of 123 laps. On the final restart
, Hamlin started beside Kahne. Hamlin held onto first to claim his first Sprint Cup Series win at Michigan and his fifth of the season. Read more...
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Howard Henry Peckham
, (July 13, 1910 – July 6, 1995) was a professor and historian and an authority on colonial
and early American
history who published a number of works on those subjects. His academic career encompassed a wide variety of involvements in educational institutions and various historical societies
. Peckham played a fundamental role in establishing professional academic standards
for the management of historical manuscripts
and historical society work in the 20th century that have endured to this day. He was a founding member of the Society of American Archivists
and the Director of the William L. Clements Library
at the University of Michigan
. Peckham and his associate, Lloyd A. Brown, were the first historians to publish the American Revolutionary War
journals of Henry Dearborn
, in 1939, making them available to the general public for the first time. He is also noted for establishing more accurate numbers of American Revolutionary War
deaths, which were much greater than previously assumed. Read more...
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- Highland Park, Michigan
- Houghton, Michigan
- Michigan State Spartans
- Farmington Hills, Michigan
- Dearborn, Michigan
- Mackinac Island
- Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
- Detroit Tigers
- Michigan left
- Novi, Michigan
- Alpena, Michigan
- Traverse City, Michigan
- Lansing, Michigan
- Economy of metropolitan Detroit
- Hamtramck, Michigan
- Somerset Collection
- Presque Isle County, Michigan
- History of Detroit
- Edsel and Eleanor Ford House
- Catharine Hitchcock Tilden Avery
- Henry Ford
- Aretha Franklin
- Albert Pattengill
- Lucinda Hinsdale Stone
- Ford Motor Company
- Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport
- Jimmy Hoffa
- Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
- Ford Model T
- Detroit Automobile Company
- Iron Mountain Central Historic District
- Grand Rapids Medical Mile
- Albert M. Todd
- 1890 Michigan Wolverines football team
- Rosedale Park, Detroit
- Turtle Island (Lake Erie)
- The Purple Gang
- Grassy Island
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The following are images from various Michigan-related articles on Wikipedia.
Map of the British and French settlements in North America in 1750, before the French and Indian War (1754 to 1763)
The Great Seal of the State of Michigan
The Pointe Mouillee State Game Area
Köppen climate types in Michigan
B-24s under construction at Ford's Willow Run line, 1942
Michigan State Capitol Muses
Michigan map, including territorial waters
Père Marquette and the Indians (1869),
Map of the original 13 colonies and their territories, note that Michigan was the object of multiple claims
Union members occupying a General Motors body factory during the Flint Sit-Down Strike of 1937 which spurred the organization of militant CIO unions in auto industry
Michigan as part of the Province of Quebec 1774–1776.
A map of Michigan by Henry Schenck Tanner, published in 1842, showing such county names as "Negwegon County," "Okkuddo County," and "Unwattin County," prior to an 1843 legislative action renaming sixteen counties in northern Michigan.
On January 26, 1837, Michigan Territory was admitted as the state of Michigan.
Southfield Town Center skyline
Michigan population distribution
Detroit, c. 1837, after a sketch by Frederick Grain
Distribution of Michigan's jobs as percentages of entire workforce
Map showing the largest ancestry group in each county (2008)
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