Mississippi

 

Today I would like to inform you about the state Mississippi.

 

The state Mississippi is situated between the states Louisiana and Alabama. It furthers borders on the states Arkansas and Tennessee.

 

Mississippi consists of the cities:

 

Biloxi

The since 150 years popular resort with a 40 kilometer wide beach, at the same time an important fishing port, was nearly not damaged during civil war. Biloxi Lighthouse defends the sailors since 1848 from shallow water. The islands in front of the coast are as Gulf Islands National Seashore uninhabeted and scenic protected.

 

Muddy Waters
Muddy Waters

Clarksdale

The Delta Blue Museum tells his story which is related with the musicians wo where at home here. Muddy Waters, Charlie Patton and John Lee Hooker grew up in Clarksdale. Not far away, at Sunflower Landing, the spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto should have "detected" the Mississippi in May 1541.

 

Columbus

Soon the rich cotton planters changed Possum Town to the more elegant Columbus. An ensemble of about 100 elegant Antebellum-houses. Thereunder the glorious estate of Waverly Plantation with the octagonal cupola roof. The Columbus Female Institute built in 1847 counts as the first public college for women in the USA.

 

Greenville

The Mississippi has again and again swept along parts of the seaport. Winterville Mounds State Park was inhabited of several thousands of Indians of the Mississippi-culture till the 16th century. They cropped the fertile soil near the big stream. In the area aroung Greenville agriculture is practized till today.

 

Greenwood

The town is at the shores of the Yazoo one of the most important reloading points for cotton in the country. Before the european settlers Indians have settled in more than 100 villages at the shores of the rivers and practized agriculture. On the reconstructed Florewood River Plantation life and work before civil war is re-enacted.

 

Gulfport

At the long coasts  to the east till the neighboring Biloxi and to the west till the seaside resorts of Pass Christian and Waveland broad beaches allure out of the cities of the south. Fort Massachusetts situated on the island served the troops of the union as base for the naval blockade of Dixie.

 

Jackson

Jackson was named "Chimneyville" by its inhabitants after it was reduced to ashes in the year 1863. The biggest public library of the state is dedicated to Eudory Welty, the great old lady of the american literature.

 

Natchez

Before civil war more millionaires than in New York lived in the city at the high bank of the Mississippi. The estates of the rich planters of yore are still standing. A lot of houses may be visited, some are prepared as bed & breakfast accomodations. In Natchez under the hill, the old dockland area, earlier the gin palaces of the river sailors were located. Today the last big paddle steamers are landing. 

Ocean Springs

1699 the French founded Ocean Springs. However in the year 1702  they transferred the city a bit forward to the west on the other side of the sea shore.

 

Oxford

The city fathers hoped, the traditional name would help them for the tender in foundation of the university. 1848 the first 80 students moved in the university. At outbreak of the civil war the farmer sons stormed to the weapons. Also nine companies, infantry and cavalry, couldn't prevent the defeat of the Dixie states.

 

Philadelphia

The Choctaw-Indians left 1830 in a contract, under pressure, big parts of the middle Mississippi to the Caucasians. Some thousand members of the tribe still live and work in or near the little Choctaw-reservation.

 

Port Gibson

Some miles south of Port Gibson 23 corinthian posts of a manor rise lonely to the sky. Windsor, built shortly before civil war, didn't fall prey to plundering soldier but to a carelass smoker.

 

Tupelo

The once mighty Chickasaw-Indians finally had to give way to the white superiority. Northern and southern evidences of the former indian colonization may be found.

 

Vicksburg

Vicksburg was named after the pastor Newitt Vick, who tried to found a city at the high bank of the Mississippi in 1819. During civil war  Vicksburg was named "Gibraltar of the Confederates". After unavailing attacks by the troops of general Grant Dixieland gave up on July 4th, 1863. The Mississippi was now in the hand of the union.