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Mississippi River

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Principal river of the U.S., drains the great central basin between the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains. Having its source in northern Minnesota, and flowing through the center of the ...

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The Oxford Companion to World Exploration

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Current Version:
2007
Subject:
History
Length:
696 words

... Mark Twain , the writer who knew it best, termed the basin of the Mississippi River the “Body of The Nation.” Given its immensity it is remarkable to find that the Mississippi was not discovered and explored by Europeans until well into the seventeenth century. Although Hernando de Soto 's party is credited with disposing of his remains in the river's waters they appear to have failed to appreciate and report the Mississippi's true nature and significance. Knowledge of the Mississippi River first entered Europe by way of the reports sent back to France by...

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The Oxford Companion to United States History

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Current Version:
2004
Subject:
History, Regional and National History
Length:
453 words

... River. Samuel L. Clemens , quoting Harper's magazine, pronounced the Mississippi River the “Body of the Nation.” The metaphor is appropriate, for the story of the Mississippi mirrors many central themes in American history and culture. Draining the North American continent from its headwaters in Minnesota's Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi is home to diverse species of flora and fauna. Between a.d. 500 and 1500 , mound-building Mississippian peoples built an agrarian civilization along its banks. Beginning in 1541 , Spanish...

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Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World

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Current Version:
2008
Subject:
History, Contemporary History (post 1945)
Length:
891 words

...River, which is longer by about 160 miles, it is the fourth longest river system in the world. The Mississippi Basin occupies approximately 1.25 million square miles (3,237,485 square kilometers), or 40 percent of the United States. The river can be divided into two sections. The Upper Mississippi comprises 914 miles (1,471 kilometers) from St. Anthony Falls, Minnesota, to the confluence with the Ohio River at Cairo, Illinois, a section deeply eroded by waters from a melting ice sheet beginning about fifteen thousand years ago. The Lower Mississippi...

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The Oxford Companion to American Literature (6 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Literature
Length:
288 words

... River , principal river of the U.S., drains the great central basin between the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains. Having its source in northern Minnesota, and flowing through the center of the Prairie and Southern states , the river has for its chief tributaries the Missouri and Ohio rivers. Dominating the economic life of the South and Middle West until the Civil War and the coming of the railroads, the Mississippi was the focus of a distinctive type of American culture during the glamorous period of steamboats and showboats ( 1811–61 ), whose most...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2002
Subject:
Literature
Length:
296 words

...Mississippi River , principal river of the U.S., drains the great central basin between the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains. Having its source in northern Minnesota, and flowing through the center of the Prairie and Southern states, the river has for its chief tributaries the Missouri and Ohio rivers. Dominating the economic life of the South and Middle West until the Civil War and the coming of the railroads, the Mississippi was the focus of a distinctive type of American culture during the glamorous period of steamboats and showboats ( 1811–61 ), whose most...

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Michael Allen

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Social History

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Current Version:
2013

... River At the beginning of his Life on the Mississippi ( 1883 ), Mark Twain quoted Harper’s Magazine in pronouncing the Mississippi River the “body of the nation.” That metaphor is appropriate, for the story of the Mississippi River is one that mirrors central themes in American society, religion, art and popular culture, anthropology, and history. The Mississippi River drains the North American continent from its headwaters in Lake Itasca, Minnesota , to its swampy mouth entering the Gulf of Mexico . It is home to diverse and distinctive...

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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
100 words
Mississippi River

Mississippi River  

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Literature
Principal river of the U.S., drains the great central basin between the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains. Having its source in northern Minnesota, and flowing through the center of the Prairie and ...
Mississippi and Missouri Rivers

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Andrew HURLEY

Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability

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Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Science and technology, Social sciences
Length:
1,476 words

...and oil spills. Andrew HURLEY University of Missouri, St. Louis See also Amazon River ; Columbia River ; Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence River ; Mackenzie River ; Murray-Darling River Basin ; New Orleans, United States ; Rocky Mountains ; United States ; Water Use and Rights ; Yellowstone To Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) This article was adapted by the editors from Andrew Hurley’s article “Mississippi and Missouri Rivers” in Shepard Krech III, J. R. McNeill, and Carolyn Merchant (Eds.), Encyclopedia of World Environmental...

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Garner’s Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Language reference, Usage and Grammar Guides
Length:
1,857 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

.... • Capitalize the first word of a complete sentence within a sentence, such as a direct quotation <I said, “Do you want to dance?”> . • When a common noun is part of a proper name, capitalize it when the entire name appears <Mississippi River> , but not when it is separated from the proper name <the Mississippi and Missouri rivers> . See names (a) . • Capitalize the adjectival form of a noun that is always proper <Keynesian economics> but not one from a noun that can also be common <congressional investigation> or that has lost any connection with...

Jackson

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State capital and largest city of Mississippi, USA, on the Pearl River, sw Mississippi. Established as a trading post in the 1790s, it was chosen as state capital in 1821. Industries: natural gas, ...
Arkansas

Arkansas  

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River with its source high up in the Rockies of central Colorado, USA, and flowing 2335km (1450mi) to the Mississippi River in se Arkansas. Fourth-longest river in the US, it ...
Missouri

Missouri  

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Longest river of the USA; the major tributary of the Mississippi. It rises at the confluence of the Jefferson, Madison and Gallatin rivers in the Rocky Mountains, Montana. It then ...
Life on the Mississippi

Life on the Mississippi  

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Autobiographical narrative by Clemens, published under his pseudonym Mark Twain (1883). The book opens with a brief history of the Mississippi River since its discovery, and Chapters 4 to 22 deal ...
Ohio

Ohio  

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River in e central USA, formed at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers at Pittsburgh in w Pennsylvania. It flows w and then sw to join the Mississippi ...
Yazoo River

Yazoo River  

A river joining the Mississippi River at the town of Vicksburg, Mississippi, which was a Confederate stronghold during the Civil War. Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant fought to capture Vicksburg ...
Little River Band

Little River Band  

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Prior to the success of AC/DC, Air Supply, Men At Work and INXS, the Little River Band were probably Australia’s most successful international rock band. Evolving out of Mississippi, who ...
St Paul

St Paul  

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US state capital and port of entry, on the e bank of the Mississippi River, e Minnesota. In 1849, St Paul was made capital of Minnesota territory. When Minnesota was ...
United States Army Corps of Topographical Engineers

United States Army Corps of Topographical Engineers  

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History
The United States Army's Corps of Topographical Engineers contributed significantly to the geographical exploration and mapping of the American frontier, particularly the trans-Mississippi West, from ...
Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge  

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Capital of Louisiana, USA, on the Mississippi River. Founded in 1719 by French colonists, it was ceded to Britain by France in 1763, and to the USA with the Louisiana ...

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