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Location of Michigan within the United States
Michigan is a state in the Great Lakes and Midwestern regions of the United States. Its name comes from the Ojibwe word mishigami, meaning "large water" or "large lake". With a population of approximately 10 million, Michigan is the tenth most populous of the 50 United States, the 11th most extensive by area, and the largest by area east of the Mississippi River. Its capital is Lansing, and its largest city is Detroit. Metro Detroit is among the nation's most populous and largest metropolitan economies.
Michigan is the only state to consist of two peninsulas. The Lower Peninsula is shaped like a mitten. The Upper Peninsula (often called "the U.P.") is separated from the Lower Peninsula by the Straits of Mackinac, a five-mile (8 km) channel that joins Lake Huron to Lake Michigan. The Mackinac Bridge connects the peninsulas. Michigan has the longest freshwater coastline of any political subdivision in the world, being bordered by four of the five Great Lakes, plus Lake Saint Clair. It also has 64,980 inland lakes and ponds.
The area was first occupied by a succession of Native American tribes over thousands of years. Inhabited by Natives, Métis, and French explorers in the 17th century, it was claimed as part of New France colony. After France's defeat in the French and Indian War in 1762, the region came under British rule. Britain ceded the territory to the newly independent United States after Britain's defeat in the American Revolutionary War. The area was part of the larger Northwest Territory until 1800, when western Michigan became part of the Indiana Territory. Michigan Territory was formed in 1805, but some of the northern border with Canada was not agreed upon until after the War of 1812. Michigan was admitted into the Union in 1837 as the 26th state, a free one. It soon became an important center of industry and trade in the Great Lakes region and a popular émigré destination in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; immigration from many European countries to Michigan was also the busiest at that time, especially for those who emigrated from Finland, Macedonia and the Netherlands.
Although Michigan developed a diverse economy, it is widely known as the center of the U.S. automotive industry, which developed as a major economic force in the early 20th century. It is home to the country's three major automobile companies (whose headquarters are all in the Detroit metropolitan area). While sparsely populated, the Upper Peninsula is important for tourism due to its abundance of natural resources, while the Lower Peninsula is a center of manufacturing, forestry, agriculture, services, and high-tech industry.
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SS Edmund Fitzgerald was an American Great Lakes freighter that sank in a Lake Superior storm on November 10, 1975, with the loss of the entire crew of 29. When launched on June 7, 1958, she was the largest ship on North America's Great Lakes, and she remains the largest to have sunk there.
For 17 years, Edmund Fitzgerald
carried taconite iron ore
from mines near Duluth, Minnesota
, to iron works in Detroit
, and other Great Lakes ports. As a workhorse, she set seasonal haul records six times, often breaking her own previous record. Captain Peter Pulcer was known for piping music day or night over the ship's intercom while passing through the St. Clair
Rivers (between Lakes Huron
), and entertaining spectators at the Soo Locks
(between Lakes Superior and Huron) with a running commentary about the ship. Her size, record-breaking performance, and "DJ
captain" endeared Edmund Fitzgerald
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Traverse City ( 'TRA-vurs-SI-tee' or 'TRA-vur-si-tee') is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is the county seat of Grand Traverse County, although a small portion extends into Leelanau County. It is the largest city in the 21-county Northern Michigan region. The population was 14,674 at the 2010 census, with 143,372 in the Traverse City micropolitan area.
The Traverse City area is the largest producer of tart cherries in the United States, as of 2010. Near the time of cherry harvest, the city hosts the annual week-long National Cherry Festival in the first full week of July, attracting approximately 500,000 visitors annually. The surrounding countryside also produces grapes, and is one of the centers of wine production in the Midwest. Tourism, both summer and winter, is another key industry. The Traverse City area features varied natural attractions, including freshwater beaches, vineyards, a National Lakeshore, downhill skiing areas, and numerous forests. In 2009, TripAdvisor named Traverse City the number two small town travel destination in the United States.
In 2012, the city was listed among the 10 best places to retire in the country by U.S. News & World Report
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- Highland Park, Michigan
- Houghton, Michigan
- Michigan State Spartans
- Farmington Hills, Michigan
- Dearborn, Michigan
- Mackinac Island
- Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
- Detroit Tigers
- Michigan left
- Novi, Michigan
- Alpena, Michigan
- Lansing, Michigan
- Economy of metropolitan Detroit
- Hamtramck, Michigan
- Somerset Collection
- Presque Isle County, Michigan
- History of Detroit
- Edsel and Eleanor Ford House
- Howard Henry Peckham
- Catharine Hitchcock Tilden Avery
- Henry Ford
- Aretha Franklin
- Albert Pattengill
- Lucinda Hinsdale Stone
- Ford Motor Company
- Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport
- Jimmy Hoffa
- Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
- Ford Model T
- Detroit Automobile Company
- Iron Mountain Central Historic District
- Grand Rapids Medical Mile
- Albert M. Todd
- 1890 Michigan Wolverines football team
- Rosedale Park, Detroit
- Turtle Island (Lake Erie)
- The Purple Gang
- Grassy Island
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Henry Benjamin Greenberg (born Hyman Greenberg; January 1, 1911 - September 4, 1986), nicknamed "Hammerin' Hank", "Hankus Pankus", or "The Hebrew Hammer", was an American professional baseball player and team executive. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB), primarily for the Detroit Tigers as a first baseman in the 1930s and 1940s. A member of the Baseball Hall of Fame and a two-time Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award winner, he was one of the premier power hitters of his generation and is widely considered as one of the greatest sluggers in baseball history. He had 47 months of military service including service in World War II, all of which took place during what would have been prime years in his major league career.
Greenberg played the first twelve of his 13 major league seasons for Detroit. He was an American League (AL) All-Star for four seasons and an AL MVP in 1935 (first baseman) and 1940 (left fielder). He had a batting average over .300 in eight seasons, and won two World Series championships with the Tigers (1935 and 1945). He was the AL home run leader four times and his 58 home runs for the Tigers in 1938 equaled Jimmie Foxx's 1932 mark for the most in one season by anyone other than Babe Ruth, and tied Foxx for the most home runs between Ruth's record 60 in 1927 and Roger Maris' record 61 in 1961. Greenberg was the first major league player to hit 25 or more home runs in a season in each league, and remains the AL record-holder for most runs batted in in a single season by a right-handed batter (183 in 1937, a 154-game schedule).
His career statistics would have certainly been higher had he not served in the armed services during wartime. In 1947, Greenberg signed a contract for a record $85,000 salary before being sold to the Pittsburgh Pirates
, where he played his final MLB season that year. After retiring from playing, Greenberg continued to work in baseball as a team executive for the Cleveland Indians
and Chicago White Sox
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The following are images from various Michigan-related articles on Wikipedia.
Distribution of Michigan's jobs as percentages of entire workforce
Map of the original 13 colonies and their territories, note that Michigan was the object of multiple claims
A map of Michigan by Henry Schenck Tanner, published in 1842, showing such county names as "Negwegon County," "Okkuddo County," and "Unwattin County," prior to an 1843 legislative action renaming sixteen counties in northern Michigan.
Detroit, c. 1837, after a sketch by Frederick Grain
Union members occupying a General Motors body factory during the Flint Sit-Down Strike of 1937 which spurred the organization of militant CIO unions in auto industry
Michigan map, including territorial waters
Michigan population distribution
On January 26, 1837, Michigan Territory was admitted as the state of Michigan.
Michigan as part of the Province of Quebec 1774-1776.
The Great Seal of the State of Michigan
Map of the British and French settlements in North America in 1750, before the French and Indian War (1754 to 1763)
Map showing the largest ancestry group in each county (2008)
Southfield Town Center skyline
Köppen climate types in Michigan
The Pointe Mouillee State Game Area
B-24s under construction at Ford's Willow Run line, 1942
Michigan State Capitol Muses
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