Michigan is inspirational. Michigan was admitted to the Union of the United States of America on January 26, 1837. Nicknames Michigan has include the following: The Great Lake(s) State, The Wolverine State, The Mitten State, and Water (Winter) Wonderland. The capital of Michigan is Lansing. The largest city is Detroit.
Michigan is made up of two peninsulas. Lake Superior and Canada borders Michigan to the north. Lake Huron, Canada, and Lake Erie are to the east of the state. To the south is a bit of Lake Erie, Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin. Lake Michigan is south of the Upper Peninsula. Lake Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin are to the west as well. The two peninsulas are separated by the Straits of Mackinac. The Great Lakes have greatly influenced settlement, the economy, recreation, and tourism. Over 11,000 inland lakes add to the benefits of 40,000 square miles of Great Lakes. Rivers, ponds, and other sources add to the state’s water.
Michigan, also, has other geographic features. Numerous areas, such as, Isle Royal National Park and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore are maintained by the National Park Service. The largest state park and state forest system of any state is maintained by Michigan with 78 state parks, 19 state recreation areas, and 6 state forests. Visiting places during all four seasons will give visitors different experiences to enjoy.
The Native American Three Fires tribes: Ojibwe/Chippewa, Ottawa, and Potawatomi tribes were living peacefully in Michigan when French explorers settled during the 17th century. Catholic missionaries settled. French settlements and forts continued to be built in the 17th century. Michigan was under French rule from 1660 until Great Britain won control in 1783 with the Treaty of Paris. Michigan Territory was surrendered during the War of 1812. By the 1830s Michigan had 80,000 residents and applied for statehood.
At the beginning of the 20th century Ransom E. Olds, John and Horace Dodge, David Dunbar Buick, Henry Ford, and others started the automobile industry. The automobile industry became a major industry in Detroit and all of Michigan. Grand Rapids, Michigan has become a major manufacturing city with the furniture industry. During World War II Michigan ranked second in the manufacturing of military armaments. Michigan ranks third or fourth in Research & Development with Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State University as partners. Cereal, Vernors, Hires Root Beer, Faygo, pizza chains, fruit, and Christmas trees are all known to be produced, founded, or grown in Michigan The previously mentioned industries, engineering, tourism, and high tech jobs all employee Michigan workers.
Music, art, and historical destinations add to the cultural draw of Michigan. The are ethnic festivals, the Tulip Time Festival, and the National Cherry Festival that draw tourists. Hunters, golfers, and nature enthusiasts are drawn to Michigan. The Detroit Zoo, casinos, resorts, museums, and fishing draw vacationers. The Detroit Tigers baseball team, Detroit Lions football team, Detroit Red Wings ice hockey team, and the Detroit Pistons men’s basketball team are major league professional sports teams that attract fans. From college teams to NASCAR to Saginaw, Michigan born Grand Slam tennis champion Serena Williams, Michigan sports attract fans. Be inspired! Have a bright day!