Jackson is the state capital. It is located in the Capital/River region. The city hosts many equestrian events every year.
There are 2 major Metropolitan areas. They are Biloxi on the Gulf coast near Gulfport and Jackson the capital of Mississippi.
The University of Mississippi is at Oxford. It was chartered in 1844.
The Hummingbird Migration Festival is hosted by the Audubon Society in Mississippi and held every September.
Recreation: hunting, fishing, biking and bird watching
The Natchez Trace Scenic Trail is 300 miles of beautiful views.
There are horse trails throughout the state. A popular equestrian trail is the Shockaloe Horse Trail located in the Bienville National Forest in the Pines Region. Likewise there are lots of hiking trails too.
Biking is a popular sport in Mississippi. Popular Bike trails include the Natchez Trace Scenic Trail, Rowan Oak Trail, Bonita Lakes Trail in Meridian, Clarkco State Park in Quitman, Lake Lowndes State Park in Columbus, Longleaf Trace in the Coastal Region, Vicksburg National Military Park, Mississippi River Trail in the Delta and more. Most all Mississippi State Parks and National Forests have biking trails.
Game fish include: catfish, bream, bass and perch.
Kayaking and Canoeing
Kayaking and Canoeing trips are available throughout the state. Popular locations are: Pascagoula River in the Coastal region, the Pearl River, the Ross Barnett Reservoir, Pelahatchie Creek in the Capital/River region, Little Sunflower River in the Delta National Forest and more.
Native American Tribes: Choctaw, Chickasaws and Natchez.
The Chickasaws lived in the Northern part of Mississippi, the Natchez in the Southwestern part and the Choctaws inhabited the rest of the state.
The first permanent settlement was established by the French in 1699. It was named Fort Maurepas located on Biloxi Bay.
The oldest house in Mississippi is called Old Spanish Fort. It was built in 1699 in the area of Ft. Maurepas.
Fort Rosalie, now called Natchez, was built in 1716.
Vicksburg is where a major battle in the Civil War took place. The Union forces were trying to get control of the Mississippi River. The city was under siege for a long time. The Confederates ran out of ammunition so they threw stones at the Union troops. The Vicksburg National Military Park honors the men who fought here.
William Faulkner's home is in Oxford.