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    After thousands of years, the Paleoindians developed a rich and complex agricultural society. Archaeologists called these people the Mississippians of the Mississippian culture; they were Mound Builders, whose large earthworks related to political and religious rituals still stand throughout the Mississippi and Ohio valleys. Descendant Native American tribes include the Chickasaw and Choctaw. Other tribes who inhabited the territory of Mississippi (and whose names were honored in local towns) include the Natchez, the Yazoo and the Bilox.

    The first major European expedition into the territory that became Mississippi was that of Hernando de Soto, who passed through in 1540. The French, in April 1699, established the first European settlement at Fort Maurepas (also known as Old Biloxi), built at Ocean Springs and settled by Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville. In 1716, the French founded Natchez on the Mississippi River (as Fort Rosalie); it became the dominant town and trading post of the area. The French called the greater territory "New Louisiana".

    Through the next decades, the area was ruled by Spanish, British and French colonial governments. Under French and Spanish rule, there developed a class of free people of color (gens de couleur libres), mostly descendants of European men and enslaved women, and their multiracial children. In the early days the French and Spanish colonists were chiefly men. Even as more European women joined the settlements, there continued to be interracial unions. Often the European men would help their children get educated, and sometimes settled property on them, as well as freeing slave children and their mothers. The free people of color became educated and formed a third class between the Europeans and enslaved Africans in the French and Spanish settlements, although not so large a community as in New Orleans. After Great Britain's victory in the French and Indian War (Seven Years' War), the French deeded the Mississippi area to them under the terms of the Treaty of Paris (1763).

    After the American Revolution, this area became part of the new United States of America. The Mississippi Territory was organized on April 7, 1798, from territory ceded by Georgia and South Carolina. It was later twice expanded to include disputed territory claimed by both the United States and Spain. From 1800 to about 1830, the United States purchased some lands (Treaty of Doak's Stand) from Native American tribes for new settlements of Americans. On December 10, 1817, Mississippi was the 20th state admitted to the Union.

    Mississippi is surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Alabama. Jackson is the Capitol.

    State Symbols:

    State Nickname: Magnolia State
    State Motto: "Virtute et armis" (By valor and arms)
    State Bird: Mockingbird
    State Flower and Tree: Magnolia
    State Land Mammal: White-tailed Deer and Red Fox
    State Waterfowl: Wood Duck
    State Fish: Largemouth Bass
    State Insect: Honeybee
    State Shell: Oyster Shell
    State Water Mammal: Bottlenosed Dolphin
    State Song: Go, Mississippi
    State Fossil: Prehistoric Whale
    State Beverage: Milk
    State Stone: Petrified Wood
    State American Folk Dance: Square Dance
    State Automobile Museum: The Tupelo Auto Museum, Inc
    State Butterfly: Spicebush Swallowtail
    State Grand Opera House: Grand Opera House of Meridian
    State Historical Industrial Museum: The Mississippi Industrial Heritage Museum, Inc
    State Language: English
    State Reptile: American Alligator
    State Soil: Natchez Silt Loam
    State Toy: Teddy Bear
    State Wildflower: Coreopsis

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