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Michigan /ˈmɪʃᵻɡən/ is a state in the Great Lakes region of the Midwestern United States. The name Michigan is the French form of the Ojibwa word mishigamaa, meaning "large water" or "large lake". Michigan is the tenth most populous of the 50 United States, with the 11th most extensive total area (the largest state by total area east of the Mississippi River). Its capital is Lansing, and the largest city is Detroit.
Michigan is the only state to consist of two peninsulas. The Lower Peninsula, to which the name Michigan was originally applied, is often noted to be shaped like a mitten. The Upper Peninsula (often referred to as "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 two peninsulas are connected by the Mackinac Bridge. The state has the longest freshwater coastline of any political subdivision in the world, being bounded by four of the five Great Lakes, plus Lake Saint Clair. As a result, it is one of the leading U.S. states for recreational boating. Michigan also has 64,980 inland lakes and ponds. A person in the state is never more than six miles (9.7 km) from a natural water source or more than 85 miles (137 km) from a Great Lakes shoreline.
What is now Michigan was first settled by various Native American tribes before being colonized by French explorers in the 17th century and becoming a part of New France. After the defeat of France in the French and Indian War in 1762 the region came under British rule, and was finally ceded to the newly independent United States after the British defeat in the American Revolutionary War. The area was organized as part of the larger Northwest Territory until 1800, when western Michigan became part of the Indiana Territory. Eventually, in 1805, the Michigan Territory was formed, which lasted until it was admitted into the Union on January 26, 1837, as the 26th state. The state of Michigan soon became an important center of industry and trade in the Great Lakes region and a popular immigrant destination.
Though Michigan has come to develop a diverse economy, it is widely known as the center of the U.S. automotive industry, being home to the country's three major automobile companies (whose headquarters are all located within the Detroit metropolitan area). While sparsely populated, the Upper Peninsula is economically important due to its status as a tourist destination as well as its abundance of natural resources, while the Lower Peninsula is a center of manufacturing, services, and high-tech industry.

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  1. J

    Old casing found in west Michigan dunes, Any info?

    Hi all, my wife found this casing and another while metal detecting in west Michigan. Reads “32 CF” and “S U M C H”. Google says 32-20 Winchester. I’ve never heard of it, wondering if it’s still in use? Or if anyone has an idea of when it was discontinued. Pretty cool, curious Thanks for any...
  2. ma96782

    What about Michigan's vote?

    Aloha, Mark
  3. RedCardinalSeven

    Whitmer & the "Wolverine Watchemen"

    https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2020/10/08/feds-thwart-militia-plot-kidnap-michigan-gov-gretchen-whitmer/5922301002/
  4. L84Cabo

    So You Find A Doggo Swimming In The Middle of Lake Michigan...

    ...You're four miles from shore. Obviously you rescue him! But do you give him back? You hear about this kinda thing from time to time. I know a lot of people bring their dogs on boats. So I guess it stands to reason that some might fall overboard. But if you're out...WAY OUT...on the...
  5. thereddog

    Michigan Dem gets quite a response

    Things seem to be coming to a head there in Michigan. Just in time for Kwanzaa.
  6. DB is Here

    Other State  Gun Control Town Hall Ignites Anger at Michigan Gun Range

    https://www.personaldefenseworld.com/2019/10/gun-control-town-hall-michigan/ Pro Tip: Don't lie about what your meeting is about!!!
  7. DB is Here

    Other State  Michigan Bill Would Put Gun-Free Zone On The Hook For Injuries

    https://bearingarms.com/tom-k/2019/10/01/michigan-bill-put-gun-free-zone-hook-injuries/
  8. RicInOR

    Other State  DGU - Results in Felony Assault Charge - Reversed on Appeal

    https://reason.com/2019/08/21/michigan-court-of-appeals-has-reversed-the-felony-assault-convictions-of-a-gun-owner-who-acted-in-self-defense/ 1. Do be first to the Police. 2. Do not count on the court / jury to get it right. 3. You may still end up in jail 4. It will be expensive. Follow up...
  9. R

    Washington  As a non-licensee, can I transfer a handgun to a private party in michigan via a FFL?

    Hello I am new resident (and new member of this forum) and I had a few questions regarding the current background check requirments in WA state law. A friend of mine in Michigan was interested in a handgun that I own. I am trying to figure out the most cost-effective way to legally get the gun...
  10. rick benjamin

    Michigan CPL man thwarted armed robbery

    Detroit CPL holder unloads on armed robber caught on video
  11. Joe Link

    National  Michigan Foster Parents’ Conundrum: Give Up Gun Rights or Give Up Child

    Michigan Foster Parents’ Conundrum: Give Up Gun Rights or Give Up Child
  12. U

    National  State of Michigan to Foster & Adoptive Parents: Get rid of your guns!!

    Amazingly, bureaucrats working in Michigan's Department of Health and Human Services, are asking would be Foster parents and Adoptive parents to remove some guns from households, and make sure that all guns in the home are locked up and not readily accessible to ANYONE in the family. In one...
  13. RicInOR

    National  Convicted from Video

    Open-carry advocates convicted on 'silliest' technicality, attorney says But from a video showing him putting a rifle in the trunk of a car. What that video actually shows is up for debate, and appeal.
  14. T

    New guy from Michigan and some S&Ws

    Just found your forum and even though I live in Michigan, I am looking forward to seeing what is going on in the gun community in your neck of the woods. Here is some info I just posted on several other forums concerning some nice S&W's I found during my annual "Snowbird" stay in Florida...
  15. B

    Michigan baseball

    Not a bad idea to counter what's going on elsewhere <broken link removed>
  16. Steve32

    Michigan Constitutional Carry?

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