Michigan also has the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel crossing into Canada.
The northern boundary runs through Lake Superior, from the western boundary with Minnesota to a point north of and around Isle Royale, (which is Michigan's only National Park).
Michigan ranks fourth nationally in high tech employment with 568,000 high tech workers, including 70,000 in the automotive industry.
French voyageurs explored and settled in Michigan in the seventeenth century.
The first Europeans to reach what later became Michigan were Йtienne Brыlй's expedition in 1622.
Cadillac's wife, Marie Thйrиse, soon moved to Detroit, becoming one of the first European women to settle in the Michigan wilderness.
Lansing is the Michigan's capital city and the state's sixth largest city.
Michigan also has the largest state park system and state forest system in the US.
Michigan's Department of Natural Resources manages the largest dedicated state forest system in the nation.
Michigan averages 17 tornadoes a year; these are much more common in the extreme southern part of the state.
Many residents of western Michigan, especially in the Grand Rapids-Holland area, are of Dutch heritage (the highest concentration of any state).
Michigan also borders Lake Saint Clair, which is between Lake Erie and Lake Huron.
That, of course, is not an option after completed suicide, although conversations before the act and notes left behind may provide clues.
The Ottawa lived primarily south of the Straits of Mackinac in northern and western Michigan, while the Potawatomi were primarily in the southwest.
A person in Michigan is never more than 85 miles (137 km) from open Great Lakes water and is never more than 6 miles (10 km) from a natural water source.
Michigan was home to a strong anti-slavery movement dating from the early 1830s.
Under the 1763 Treaty of Paris, Michigan and the rest of New France passed to Great Britain.
The Republican Party was formed in 1854, in Michigan, in direct opposition to the expansion of slavery.
The first Republican–dominated legislature passed laws in 1855 prohibiting aiding in the capture of escaped slaves in Michigan.
The south-eastern boundary ends in the western end of Lake Erie with a three-way convergence of Michigan, Ohio, and Ontario.
Michigan was home to various Native Americans centuries before colonization by Europeans.
When announced, many present openly laughed that such an insignificant settlement was now the capital city of Michigan.
Michigan has more than 90 native species of trees, more than all of Europe.
Hunting is iconic to their culture and most Greenlanders still hunt at least part-time to supplement their diet and provide skins for clothing and kayaks.
Marie) has the distinction of being the oldest city in both Michigan and Ontario.
Michigan led the nation in lumber production from 1850s to the 1880s.
Michigan's state universities are immune from control by the legislature, many aspects of the executive branch, and cities in which they are located; but they are not immune from the authority of the courts.
Other First Nations people in Michigan, in the south and east, were the Mascouten, the Menominee, the Miami, and the Wyandot, who are better known by their French name, "Huron."
The Republican Party dominated Michigan until the Great Depression.
Michigan is traversed by several hundreds of miles of railroad.
Ultimately, Congress awarded the "Toledo Strip" to Ohio, and Michigan, having received the western part of the Upper Peninsula as a concession, formally entered the Union on January 26, 1837.
Nevertheless, with more than 10 million residents, Michigan remains a large and influential state, ranking eighth in population among the 50 states.
After Alaska, Michigan has the longest shoreline of any state—3,288 miles (5,326 km).
Michigan's workforce is well-educated and highly skilled, making it attractive to companies.
Democrats have won each of the last three, and nine of the last ten, US Senate elections in Michigan.
A member of the Democratic Party, Jennifer Granholm became Michigan's first female governor on January 1, 2003, when she succeeded Governor John Engler.
Michigan encompasses 58,110 square miles (150,504 sq km) of land, 38,575 square miles (99,909 sq km) of Great Lakes waters and 1,305 square miles (3,380 sq km) of inland waters.
The dispute came to be called the Toledo War, with Michigan and Ohio militia maneuvering in the area but never actively engaging.
The geographic orientation of Michigan's peninsulas make for a long distance between the ends of the state.
In 2004, John Kerry carried the state over George W. Bush, winning Michigan's 17 electoral votes with 51.2 percent of the vote.
Michigan has a higher percentage of Muslims (Metro Detroit area) and a higher percentage of Reformed Christians (concentrated in the western part of the state) than any other American state.
Michigan has around 150 lighthouses, the most of any U.S. state.
In 1835, Ohio fought a mostly bloodless boundary war with Michigan over the Toledo Strip known as the Toledo War.
In 1912, Michigan was one of the few states to support progressive Republican and third party candidate Theodore Roosevelt for President after he lost the Republican nomination to William Howard Taft.
Michigan has six border crossings with Ontario, Canada: International Bridge, linking Sault Ste.
A large part of the strength of the Michigan's boom was the automotive industry.
Michigan has supported Democrats in the last four presidential elections.
That meant Michigan stayed American, and the agreement to establish a boundary commission also remained valid.
Only the trustees of the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Wayne State University are chosen in general elections.
The five most frequently reported ancestries in Michigan are: German (20.4 percent), African-American (14.2 percent), Irish (10.8 percent), English (9.9 percent), and Polish (8.6 percent).
Michigan receives an average of 30-40 inches (750-1000 mm) of precipitation annually.
Michigan is also the US's third largest grower of evergreens for Christmas trees.
Michigan's economy underwent a massive change at the turn of the twentieth century.
Public education for children was inaugurated in Michigan prior to statehood.
Michigan typically ranks second or third in overall Research & Development (R&D) expenditures in the United States.
Currently there are 12 Federally recognized tribes in Michigan.
Michigan consists of two peninsulas that lie between 82°30' to about 90є30' west longitude, and are separated by the Straits of Mackinac.
The Lower Peninsula of Michigan, to which the name Michigan was originally applied, is sometimes dubbed "the mitten," owing to its shape.
Michigan is simultaneously known for its cities, supported by heavy industry, and its pristine wilderness, home to more than 11,000 lakes.
David G. Chardavoyne has suggested that the abolitionist movement in Michigan grew as a result of enmity towards the state's neighbor, Canada, which under British rule made public executions a regular practice.
The Supreme Court of Michigan sits with seven justices.
Michigan has a generally humid continental climate although there are two distinct regions.
By the 1830s, Michigan had some 80,000 residents, surpassing the requirement of 60,000 set by the Northwest Ordinance as a criterion for statehood.
The first lighthouses in Michigan were built between 1818 and 1822.
In agriculture, Michigan is a leading grower of fruit, including cherries, blueberries, apples, grapes, and peaches.
When asked where in Michigan one comes from, a resident of the Lower Peninsula often points to the corresponding part of his or her hand.
is separated from the Lower Peninsula by the Straits of Mackinac, a five-mile channel that joins Lake Huron to Lake Michigan.
Likely due to Michigan's history in the automotive industry, the state has been a pioneer in many aspects of road travel.
The Michigan economy leads in information technology, life sciences, and advanced manufacturing.
Many K-12 school districts in rural areas of Michigan cancel school on the opening day of rifle season, because of both safety and attendance concerns.
Americans of German ancestry are present throughout most of Michigan.
Grand Rapids, the second-largest city in Michigan, was also an early center of automotive manufacturing.
The Great Lakes that border Michigan are Lake Erie, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan and Lake Superior.
Unable to publicly reach a consensus due to constant political wrangling, the Michigan House of Representatives privately chose the Township of Lansing out of frustration.
Michigan was the first state in the Union, as well as the first English-speaking government in the world, to abolish the death penalty, in 1846.
No point in Michigan is more than 6 miles (10 km) from an inland lake or more than 85 miles (137 km) from one of the Great Lakes.
The legislative branch consists of the bicameral Michigan Legislature, with a House of Representatives and Senate.
Michigan is also the US's third largest grower of evergreens for Christmas trees.
Michigan has a major international airport, Detroit Metropolitan International Airport, in Wayne County, southwest of Detroit.
The North Country National Scenic Trail also passes through Michigan.
Michigan is a Midwestern state of the United States of America, located in the east north central portion of the country.
Michigan ranks first in the nation in licensed hunters (over one million) who contribute $2 billion annually to its economy.
Classic in-state rivalries between the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Eastern Michigan University attract large and loyal followings particularly in football.
At a total of 97,990 square miles (253,793 sq km), Michigan is the largest state east of the Mississippi River (inclusive of its territorial waters).
Michigan has a booming biotechnology and life sciences corridor.
Michigan made a significant contribution to the Union in the American Civil War, sending over 40 regiments of volunteers to the Federal armies.
Some people believe that Ohioans gave Michigan the nickname “The Wolverine State” around 1835 during a dispute over the Toledo strip, a piece of land along the border between Ohio and Michigan. Rumors in Ohio at the time described Michiganians as being as vicious and bloodthirsty as wolverines.
Corn for grain produces about 11% of the state's agricultural revenue. Other Michigan field crops are soybeans, sugar beets, wheat, and hay. Michigan is one of the leading producers of apples, blueberries and cherries. Traverse City is famous for its cherries.
Michigan's Upper Peninsula is hilly and rugged in the west, especially in the heavily-forested Porcupine Mountains. ... Moving to the east, the Upper Peninsula's land is much flatter, with some inland swamps. Michigan's Lower Peninsula is rather flat, especially along the eastern and southeastern shorelines.
It's not clear how this nickname originated, but there are two theories. Some think the nickname was originated by Ohioans in 1835 during a dispute over an Ohio/Michigan boundary called the "Toledo Strip." This dispute became known as the Toledo War.Jul 28, 2017
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Michigan State - Quick FactsCountryUnited StatesYear of Establishment1837CapitalLansing (Population: 114,297)Head of GovernmentRick SnyderTotal Population9,883,6405 more rows
The first permanent European settlement in Michigan was founded in 1668 at Sault Ste. Marie by Jacques Marquette, a French missionary. The French built several trading posts, forts, and villages in Michigan during the late 17th century.
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Michigan has a temperate climate with well-defined seasons. The warmest temperatures and longest frost-free period are found most generally in the southern part of the lower peninsula; Detroit has a normal daily mean temperature of 49°F (9°C), ranging from 23°F (–5°C) in January to 72°F (22°C) in July.