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Saturday, January 26, 2019

Michigan Becomes a State

The state of Michigan gained its name from the Indian word "Ojibwa" Yes, I know that is what I thought there are no real similarities. But when you find out that the Indian word means "Large Lake" and that four of the five Great Lakes border Michigan then you will understand how the two words Michigan and "Ojibwa" are related. In deed, it was the great lakes that drew the settlers in forming large towns along the edge of the lakes.

Michigan would become a state in 1837. The states first constitution however was wrote in 1835. The reason for delay was the state line battle it was having with Ohio over the area of Toledo. Eventually on January 26, 1837 President Andrew Jackson signed a bill making Michigan the nation's 26th state. In addition, Michigan would gather land when an area known as Upper Peninsula was added to the state making it the state with the most area.

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