THE MIGHTY MISSISSIPPI LESSON
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Through the heart of North Americas runs a great river. You may have heard it called "The Mighty Mississippi", "Big River", or even "Old Man River". No matter what you choose to call it, the Mississippi River is one of the greatest rivers in the world. It is over 2300 miles long, making it the second longest river in the United States.
The Mississippi River begins as a tiny stream at Lake Itasca in northern Minnesota and ends in the Gulf of Mexico on the coast of Louisiana. At least thirty-one states form the river basin and water from these states drains into the Mississippi. The Mississippi River Basin covers about 41% of the United States! The River is divided into three segments: the Headwaters, the Upper Mississippi River, and the Lower Mississippi River. Along its path it supports thousands of lakes, tributaries, large rivers, flood plains, wetlands and estuaries.
A Little Big River
The Mississippi has a unique history. The North American Indians called it "Messipi" which means "Big River". The first white man to reach the river was Hernando de Soto in 1541. He called the river "Rio de Espiritu Santo" or "River of the Holy Spirit". In the 1600s, the French discovered the river and claimed the entire river for France. The French called the river "Louisiana" named after their king Louis XIV.
In the two hundred years that followed, the United States became a nation and claimed the area for itself. The Mississippi and its connecting rivers became major transportation routes. People, goods, livestock, and timber were transported to towns that were springing up all along the river. The land surrounding the river was very fertile and was used to grow crops and raise livestock. (continued...)
The Mighty Mississippi
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