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Origin of Name Based on the Chippewa word "meicigama," meaning "great water," referring to the Great Lakes. Area (rank) 96,810 sq mi (11th). Population (rank) 9,895,622 (9th). Capital Lansing. Admitted to Union (rank) January 26, 1837 (26th).
Antoine de la Mothe, Sieur de CadillacAntoine de la Mothe, Sieur de Cadillac
founded Fort Pontchartrain on the site of what is now Detroit in 1701. His monopoly on trade in the area, combined with abuses in his transactions with the Indians, led to his being recalled to France in 1710.
Sault Ste. MarieSault Ste. Marie
has been a natural stopping place for travelers for centuries because of the St. Mary's Rapids, which form a natural barrier to navigation between Lake Superior and the rest of the Great Lakes. Today, it is best known for the Soo Locks, which allow ships and boats to bypass those rapids.

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