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The state has seen the rise and fall of several different cultures and their remnants still blend together in Mississippis culture today Mississippi one of the East South Central states of the United States bordered on the north by Tennessee on the east by Alabama on the south by the Gulf of Mexico and Louisiana and on the west by Louisiana and Arkansas The Mississippi River forms almost the entire western boundary and the Pearl River forms part of the southern boundary General information Statehood Dec 10 1817 the 20th state State abbreviations Miss traditional MS postal State capital Jackson Mississippis capital since 1822 Other capitals were Natchez 1798-1802 1817-1821 Washington 1802-1817 and Columbia 1821-1822 Origin of Name From an Indian word meaning Father of Waters Major Industries Agriculture Fisheries Manufacturing Agriculture broilers cotton soybeans Manufacturing petroleum products food products chemicals wood products machinery electrical equipment Bordering States Alabama Arkansas Louisiana and Tennessee State motto Virtute et Armis By Valor and Arms Popular name The Magnolia State State song Go Mis-sis-sip-pi by Houston Davis see page 9 State bird Mockingbird see picture nr1 on page 8 State flower and tree Magnolia An election was held in November 1900 to select a State Flower Votes were submitted by 23278 school children The magnolia received 12745 votes the cotton blossom 4171 and the cape jasmine 2484 In 1935 the Director of Forestry started a movement by which to select a State Tree for Mississippi to be selected by nomination and election by the school children of the State Four nominations were made--the magnolia oak pine and dogwood The magnolia received by far the largest majority On April 1 1938 the Mississippi Legislature officially designated the magnolia as the State Tree see picture nr2 and 3 on page 8 State flag and seal The state flag was adopted in 1894 The bars of red white and blue are the national colours A replica of the Confederate
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