Portal:Michigan

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Location of Michigan within the United States

Michigan (About this sound /ˈmɪʃɨgən/ ) is a Midwestern state of the United States of America. It was named after Lake Michigan, whose name is a French adaptation of the Ojibwe term mishigami, meaning "large water" or "large lake". Michigan is the eighth most populous state in the United States. It has the longest freshwater shoreline in the world, bounded by four of the five Great Lakes, plus Lake Saint Clair. In 2005, Michigan ranked third for the number of registered recreational boats, behind California and Florida. Michigan has 12,000 inland lakes. A person is never more than six miles (9.7 km) from a natural water source, or more than 85 miles (137 km) from Great Lakes coastline.

The state is the only state to consist entirely of two peninsulas. The Lower Peninsula of Michigan, to which the name Michigan was originally applied, is sometimes dubbed "the mitten," owing to its shape. When asked where in Michigan one comes from, a resident of the Lower Peninsula may often point to the corresponding part of his or her hand. The Upper Peninsula (often referred to as The U.P.) is separated from the Lower Peninsula by the Straits of Mackinac, a five-mile-wide (8.0 km) channel that joins Lake Huron to Lake Michigan. The Upper Peninsula (whose residents are often called "Yoopers") is economically important for tourism and natural resources. The Upper and Lower Peninsulas are connected by the five-mile-wide (8.0 km) Mackinac Bridge, which is the third longest suspension bridge between anchorages in the world. The bridge has given rise to the nickname of "trolls" for residents of the Lower Peninsula, because they live "under" (south of) the bridge.

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1915 handshake over settled boudary
The Toledo War (1835–1836) was the bloodless boundary dispute between the U.S. state of Ohio and the adjoining territory of Michigan. Varying interpretations of the laws caused the governments of both Ohio and Michigan to claim sovereignty over a 468 square mile (1,210 km²) region, now known as the Toledo Strip. When Michigan sought statehood in the early 1830s, it included the disputed territory within its boundaries; Ohio's Congressional delegation was able to halt Michigan's admission to the Union. State militias were sent to the Maumee River. Besides mutual taunting there was little interaction between the two forces. The single military confrontation of the "war" ended with a report of shots being fired into the air, incurring no casualties. Michigan, facing a financial crisis, surrendered the land and accepted a compromise from the U.S. Congress. It gave up its claim in exchange for statehood and approximately three-quarters of the Upper Peninsula. The discovery of copper and iron deposits in the Upper Peninsula offset Michigan's losses. Differences of opinion about the exact boundary continued until a re-survey performed in 1915. Upon completion, the two states' governors shook hands at the border. In modern times, conflict between the states is restricted primarily to the Michigan–Ohio State rivalry in American football.

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Madonna at the premiere of the film "I Am Because We Are
Madonna Louise Ciccone Ritchie (born August 16, 1958), known as Madonna, is an American recording artist and entertainer. Born in Bay City, Michigan and raised in Rochester Hills, Michigan, Madonna moved to New York City for a career in modern dance. After performing as member of the pop musical groups Breakfast Club and Emmy, she released her self-titled debut album in 1983, and then produced three consecutive number-one studio albums on the Billboard 200 in the 1980s and four more since year 2000. Madonna is known for her works that explore religious symbolism and sexual themes which also drew criticism from the Vatican in the late 1980s. In 1992, she founded an entertainment company, Maverick, which published a book of photographs (Sex). She also released a studio album (Erotica) and starred in a film (Body of Evidence) with erotic themes. These works generated negative publicity and coincided with a fall in commercial sales in the 1990s. Madonna's career was revived in 1998, when the release of her album Ray of Light garnered critical acclaim.

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Tahquamenon Falls
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The Tahquamenon Falls are two different waterfalls on the Tahquamenon River. Both sets are located near Lake Superior in the eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The water is notably brown in color from the tannins leached from the cedar swamps which the river drains.

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Location of Highland Park, Michigan

Highland Park is a city in Wayne County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 16,746 at the 2000 census. It is completely surrounded by Detroit except a small portion which touches the city of Hamtramck which is surrounded by Detroit.

The area that became Highland Park began as a small farming community north of Detroit near the turn of the century. The area's population shot up after 1913 when Henry Ford opened the Highland Park Ford Plant featuring the first assembly line. The city was incorporated in 1918. Magna International auto parts maintains a large presence in Highland Park.

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The Flag of Michigan

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The Seal of Michigan

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Bird American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
Fish Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis)
Flower Apple blossom (Malus domestica)
Game animal White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)
Mammal Wolverine (Gulo gulo luscus) (unofficial)
Reptile Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta)
Tree Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus)
Wildflower Dwarf Lake Iris (Iris lacustris)

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Fossil Mastodon (Mammut americanum)
Gemstone Isle Royale greenstone or Chlorastrolite
Motto "Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice"
Latin for "If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you"
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Soil Kalkaska Sand
Songs My Michigan
Stone Petoskey stone

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Quarter of Michigan
Released in 2004

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