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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A Discussion on Mississippi with Kate S.


On April 28, 2015 the participants of the English Club for Beginners were introduced a new state of the US. They discovered a lot about this unique state, its history, geography, climate, ecological problems, and demographics. Mississippi is the 32nd most extensive and the 31st most populous of the 50 United States. On multiple other rankings, however, Mississippi ranks last of all states, such as in health, educational attainment, and median household income. The state is heavily forested outside of the Mississippi Delta area, which was cleared for cotton cultivation in the 19th century. The name of the state derives from the Mississippi River, which flows along its western boundary and comes from the Ojibwe word misi-ziibi ("Great River"). Mississippi is bordered on the north by Tennessee, on the east by Alabama, on the south by Louisiana and a narrow coast on the Gulf of Mexico; and on the west, across the Mississippi River, by Louisiana and Arkansas. Due to seasonal flooding, possible from December to June, the Mississippi River created a fertile floodplain in the Mississippi Delta, including tributaries. Slaves built levees along the Mississippi River to control flooding. They built on top of the natural levees that formed from dirt deposited after the river flooded. As cultivation of cotton increased in the Delta, planters hired Irish laborers, who immigrated in high numbers in the 1840s, to ditch and drain their land. Near 10,000 BC Native Americans or Paleo-Indians arrived in what today is referred to as the South.


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