Michigan History, Geography, Population, State Facts

The Wolverine State

Great Seal of the State of Michigan

Adopted in 1835, 1963.

State Seal Adopted by Public Act 19 of 1963, the seal is used on many official state documents. The words "The Great Seal of the State of Michigan, A.D.  MDCCCXXXV" encircle the state coat of arms.

The Great Seal of the State of Michigan was inspired by the seal used by the Hudson Bay Fur Company. Michigan's second governor, Lewis Cass, presented the idea to the Constitutional Convention, and it was accepted on June 2, 1835.

After the Revolutionary War, the U.S. acquired most of the region, which remained the scene of constant conflict between the British and U.S. forces and their respective Indian allies through the War of 1812.


Indian tribes were living in the Michigan region when the first European, Étienne Brulé of France, arrived in 1618. Other French explorers, including Jacques Marquette, Louis Joliet, and Sieur de la Salle, followed, and the first permanent settlement was established in 1668 at Sault Ste. Marie. France was ousted from the territory by Great Britain in 1763, following the French and Indian Wars.

Capital City: Lansing

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Michigan: State of Michigan Official Web Site

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Airports: Airports MapAirport Links

Amtrak: Midwest

Area: 96810 sq.mi, 11th   Land 56809 sq. mi., 22nd   Water 40001 sq.mi., 2nd   Great Lakes 38,192 sq.mi., 1st

Area Codes: Michigan

Biographies: Famous People from Michigan

Bird: American Robin

Border States: Regional List •  Illinois •  Indiana •  Minnesota (water border) •  Ohio •  Wisconsin

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Climate: Michigan

Community Pages: Michigan Cities, Towns, Communities List

Constitution: 26th State

Courts: Judicial System

County Profile: County Map   83 Counties

Current Events: Michigan News Headlines

Department of: Education Certification | University of Michigan Ann Arbor, founded in 1817.

Driving: DSD&V

Economy: Agriculture: Dairy products, apples, blueberries, cattle, vegetables, hogs, corn, nursery stock, soybeans. •  Industry: Motor vehicles and parts, machinery, fabricated metal products, food processing, chemical products, mining, tourism.

Flag: Michigan (MI)

Flower: Apple Blossom  Malus coronaria

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Geographic Center: Wexford, 5 miles northnorthwest of Cadillac

Geology Maps: Michigan

Ghost Towns: Ghost Towns

Governor: Office of Governor

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History: History Timeline   Historical     Civil War

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Lowest Point: Shore of Lake Erie; 572 feet, 40th

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Motto: Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam, circumspice If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you

Museums: The Virtual Library

Name: Michigan name based on Chippewa Indian word "meicigama" meaning "great water" and refers to the Great Lakes.

National Forest: Michigan

Population: Quick facts   9,938,444; 8th, 12/00

Real Estate: Every Michigan City, Town & Community

Representatives: Michigan House: Members • Michigan Senate: Members • US House:   110th Congress • US Senate:   110th Congress

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Soil: Michigan - Kalkaska

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Tourism: www.michigan.org

Travel: Michigan Travel

Tree: Eastern white pine   Pinus strobus

Veteran Affairs: Michigan VA

Visitor Guides: Michigan Official guide to travel & leisure in Michigan. | Michigan Department of Natural Resources A guide to Michigan's great outdoors; anterless deer licenses are now available.| Kids Discover Michigan

Weather: Lansing, Capital City Airport

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Zoo: Detroit Zoo