Jackson is the inspiring capital of Mississippi. The city was named after General Andrew Jackson. Andrew Jackson later became the President. It is on the Pearl River and sits upon Jackson Volcano.
The Choctaw American Indian Nation lived in the area for thousands of years. The United States got the land from the Treaty of Doak’s Stand in 1820. There are still Choctaw in the area today as the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. In the 18th and 19th century the area had a trading post attracted more settlers. The area became the capital of Mississippi in 1821. During the Civil War, Jackson was a manufacturing and railroad center for the Confederacy. Economic recovery after the Civil War was slow. Growth was made in the early 20th century. Natural gas was discovered in the 1930s. The oil and natural gas industry had some success. Jackson became a base and place of action during the Civil Rights Movement. Jackson has become a center for the medical and legal field. After years of hate and race related crime, in 2013 Jackson was named one of the nation’s friendliest cities.
Jackson has a humid subtropical climate. Summers are hot and humid. Winters are mild. It rains all year, although winter and spring are the wettest seasons.
Machinery, processed food, and primary and fabricated metal products are among Jackson’s major industries. Government and education employ many residents as well.
Quite a few religious organizations have significant presence in Jackson. There are a couple dozen major cultural organizations and institutions in the area. Points of interest include annual events and festivals, museums and historic sites, parks, and more. There are professional sports, other sports and the roller derby that attract residents and tourists. Many colleges and universities are based in Jackson.
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