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Bible Encyclopedias

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

Mississippi

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An American State on the E. bank of the Lower Mississippi, abutting on the Gulf of Mexico, between Louisiana and Alabama; has a hilly surface, traversed by numerous rivers, the Yazoo, a tributary of the Mississippi, forming a great fertile delta; the climate is free from extremes; the chief industry is agriculture; the best crops are grown in the N., and on the alluvial bottom lands; in the centre and NE. are good grazing farms; cotton, corn, oats, and fruits are the chief crops; virgin forests of hardwood cover much of the delta; valuable deposits of pipe and ochre clays and of lignite are found; cotton is manufactured, and there is trade in lumber; more than half the population is coloured, and the races are kept distinct in the State schools; the State university is at Oxford, and there are many other colleges; Jackson, the capital, is the chief railway centre, Meridian has iron manufactures, Vicksburg and Natchez are the chief riverports; Mississippi was colonised by the French in 1699, ceded to Britain 1763, admitted to the Union 1817, joined the South in 1861, but was readmitted to the Union in 1869.

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Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Mississippi'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/m/mississippi.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.

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