STATEHOOD: 1817; 20th state
ATTRACTIONS: Gulf Islands National Seashore, Mississippi River, Holly Springs National Forest
FUN FACT: The name Mississippi comes from Native American words meaning "great river."
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Photo credits: Whirler, iStockphoto (magnolia); Steve Byland, Dreamstime (mockingbird); PaulTessier, iStockphoto (deer); maogg, iStockphoto (quarter); Americanspririt, Dreamstime (flag)
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