The state of Mississippi has about three million inhabitants and was named after the river of the same name, which runs along the western border. The landscape is characterized by this “big river” – the name Mississippi is derived from the Indian word for it. There are numerous types of magnolia in this state, which is why it is also known as the “Magnolia State”. The largest cities are the capital Jackson in Hinds County – including only about 200,000 inhabitants including the suburbs – as well as Gulfport and Biloxi on the coast.
The territory of what is now the state of Mississippi initially belonged to the French colony of Louisiana from 1682. It was only with Napoleon and his sale of the French territories to the United States that the region became American; In 1817 Mississippi became the 20th state to join the Union.
The Mississippi history is like that of all the southern United States strongly influenced by slavery, which lasted until the end of the civil war and thus a few decades longer than in the north of the USA. In Mississippi, some battlefields and other Civil War locations can be visited as historic sites. One of the decisive battles is the siege of Vicksburg, which in 1863 ensured that the northern states had complete control over the course of the river. At the latest with the constitution of the state in 1890 the black population in Mississippi could hardly exercise their civil rights even after the abolition of slavery. That only changed in the second half of the 20th century due to the non-violent struggle of the civil rights movement, which was particularly courageous in Mississippi.
The Mississippi River is a popular travel destination – with that Paddle steamer American Queen can be taken on a river cruise or explored by river boats from Tunica or Natchez. Mississippi is home to the blues.
In the Mississippi Delta region, in the north of the state, the Mississippi Blues Trail leads to many places where this primeval American music originated. The BB King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola and the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale provide a lot of insights. The state has more than 50 blues festivals every year.
An important attraction is the humble birthplace of Elvis Presley in the city of Tupelo, which is in the northeastern part of the state of Mississippi.
Natchez shines with the largest collection of undamaged southern villas ever. Before the Civil War, the city was the richest in the United States. And with Oxford you experience a well-kept university town with William Faulkner’s house as an exciting museum. Mississippi delights on the Gulf Coast with sandy beaches, delicious fish cuisine and lots of art and culture. There are also many large Las Vegas-style casinos that bring top international stars to the stage.
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The diversity of Mississippi
The landscape in the US state of Mississippi is one of the most beautiful and varied in the USA. Wide marshes, wonderful white beaches and dense forests characterize the region. Mississippi, which has almost three million inhabitants, is located in the southeastern United States and was named after the river of the same name, which flows through large parts of the state. Geographically, historically and culturally, the region is one of the southern states. The landscape is characterized by wide plains and a narrow coastal strip on the Gulf of Mexico.
What to see
Jackson is not only the capital but also the largest metropolis in Mississippi. Located on the Pearl River, Jackson is a center of country music, gospel and blues. Today you can still visit the famous Malaco Records Studio and visit several music festivals. The State Capitol and the Standard Life Building are architecturally interesting and impress with their golden color.
A bit outside of Jackson you can get to know a scenic highlight of Mississippi on the Cypress Swamp Trail: While walking on a wooden footbridge through an imposing marsh landscape, you can watch alligators, turtles and water birds. A visit to the Clark Creek Natural Area near the city of Woodville is also recommended.
In this nature park, you can marvel at no fewer than 50 waterfalls on a hike. The nature reserve is also home to black bears and foxes. On the Gulf Coast there is another highlight, the Gulf Islands National Seashore, which impresses with very long and extremely white sandy beaches and a unique flora and fauna. A special attraction are the numerous gopher tortoises up to 40 cm in size.
Arrival and best travel time
Mississippi is located in the subtropical climate zone, where the temperatures are pleasant all year round. However, it can get very hot in the summer months, which is why the best time to travel is in spring and autumn.
There is no airport in the state that offers direct connections to Germany. The main hub is Jackson-Evers International Airport, which is served by numerous American airports. On arrival, it should be noted that the time differs from that in Central Europe by seven hours.
THE BIRTHPLACE OF ELVIS PRESLEY
The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll was born in a small house in Tupelo, today’s mini museum is freely accessible to all fans.
THE LONGWOOD PLANTATION
The construction of the octagonal manor house began in 1859 and unfortunately remained unfinished. It is one of the national historical landmarks.
MISSISSIPPI RIVER BALLOON RACE
The popular air race annually brings together hundreds of enthusiastic balloonists from around the world. Live music and party mood is provided.
VICKSBURG NAT. MILITARY PARK
In this park the historical background of the famous Battle of Vicksburg from 1863 is clearly shown.