The state of Michigan is named after the Ojibwe Indian word "Michigama," which means "great lake" or "land surrounded by water." The Ojibwe were one of the eight Native American tribes to reside in present-day Michigan prior to colonization. Michigan's contemporary nickname, The Great Lake State, is a fairly accurate translation of the Ojibwe term.Know More
Michigan was inhabited by Native American Indian tribes from at least 11,000 B.C. When the first Europeans arrived, the three largest tribes in terms of population were members of the Algonquin peoples. The Algonquin were a linguistic group of native peoples who spoke Algonquin, including the Ojibwe, Potawatomi and Odawa tribes. The first European contact came in the form of Frenchman Étienne Brûlé in 1620. For the rest of the 17th century, the French built forts and outposts to establish trade and facilitate colonization, culminating in Fort Pontchartrain du Détroit, which would later become the city of Detroit.
The Ojibwe were the first people to openly interact with the French in Michigan, trading furs and knowledge of the area for guns and goods. They allied themselves with the Potawatomi and Odawa tribes to form what the French called the Council of Three Fires. This united faction used the advanced French weaponry to eventually take over the whole of the southern and northern peninsulas as well as modern-day Wisconsin and most of Minnesota by the end of the 18th century.Learn More
The natural resources in New Jersey include its forests, streams and beaches. Wetlands, estuaries and bays are also resources in the state. In addition, the state is abundant in various crushed stones, including traprock and granite.Full Answer >
Princeton University is located in Princeton, N.J., in central New Jersey. The campus is seated on 500 acres as of 2014. With public transportation, major urban centers, such as Philadelphia and Trenton to the south, and New York and Newark to the north, can be reached within an hour.Full Answer >
The states that border Lake Michigan are Michigan on the north and east sides, Wisconsin on the west, Illinois on the southwest and Indiana on the southeast. The lake is connected with Lake Huron via the Straits of Mackinac.Full Answer >
Massachusetts was one of the original 13 colonies of what became the United States, and gained statehood on Feb. 6 in 1788. Officially, Massachusetts is labeled a commonwealth.Full Answer >