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Development of the river’s commerce

The word Mississippi comes from the Ojibwe name for the river, "Messipi", which means big river, or from the Algonquin Missi Sepe, "great river," literally, "father of waters." On May 8, Hernando de Soto became the first recorded white man to reach the Mississippi River, which he called "Rio de Espiritu Santo" (River of the Holy Spirit). The Mississippi River is the second-longest river and chief river of the second-largest drainage system on the North American continent, second only to the Hudson Bay drainage system. From its traditional source of Lake Itasca in northern Minnesota, it flows generally south for 2, miles (3, km) to the Mississippi River Delta in the Gulf of Mexico. Country: United States. Revolutionary militia general George Rogers Clark fought at Kaskaskia, in Illinois country, in ; Lewis and Clark wintered on the Mississippi in ~ on their way to explore Thomas Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase; Andrew Jackson defeated the British at New Orleans in ; the Missouri Compromise debate of ~ over the status of slavery west of the river polarized America into .

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An Artificial River

ST. LOUIS - Soybean farmer Robb Ewoldt was already suffering from the floods and low commodity prices that have plagued the Midwest this year, when Mother Nature delivered another punch. Revolutionary militia general George Rogers Clark fought at Kaskaskia, in Illinois country, in ; Lewis and Clark wintered on the Mississippi in ~ on their way to explore Thomas Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase; Andrew Jackson defeated the British at New Orleans in ; the Missouri Compromise debate of ~ over the status of slavery west of the river polarized America into . The ports and harbors situated on the Mississippi River System are displayed on the map below. Ports are grouped and color coded by waterway. Use the Port Index link on the left side menu to view an alphabetical list, by country, of the ports on the Mississippi River System.

WPS - Waterway Systems - Mississippi River System Port Map
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Downriver to New Orleans, 1820–1890

ST. LOUIS - Soybean farmer Robb Ewoldt was already suffering from the floods and low commodity prices that have plagued the Midwest this year, when Mother Nature delivered another punch. The ports and harbors situated on the Mississippi River System are displayed on the map below. Ports are grouped and color coded by waterway. Use the Port Index link on the left side menu to view an alphabetical list, by country, of the ports on the Mississippi River System. "The Mississippi River as a Trade Route" is an article from Bulletin of the American Geographical Society, Volume View more articles from Bulletin of the American Geographical Society. View this article on JSTOR. View this article's JSTOR metadata.

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Early settlement and exploration

ST. LOUIS - Soybean farmer Robb Ewoldt was already suffering from the floods and low commodity prices that have plagued the Midwest this year, when Mother Nature delivered another punch. Illinois River. The Illinois River is a principal tributary of the Mississippi River. The river runs approximately miles ( km) long, in the U.S. state of Illinois. This river was important among Native Americans and early French traders as the principal water route connecting the Great Lakes with the Mississippi.• location: LA. The next European explorers of the river appeared in out of French Canada—two canoe loads of voyageurs commanded by Louis Jolliet, a French government agent, and Jacques Marquette, a Jesuit priest. Portaging from the Fox River to the Wisconsin, they paddled down the Mississippi as far as the mouth of the Arkansas River.

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"The Mississippi River as a Trade Route" is an article from Bulletin of the American Geographical Society, Volume View more articles from Bulletin of the American Geographical Society. View this article on JSTOR. View this article's JSTOR metadata. The word Mississippi comes from the Ojibwe name for the river, "Messipi", which means big river, or from the Algonquin Missi Sepe, "great river," literally, "father of waters." On May 8, Hernando de Soto became the first recorded white man to reach the Mississippi River, which he called "Rio de Espiritu Santo" (River of the Holy Spirit). Illinois River. The Illinois River is a principal tributary of the Mississippi River. The river runs approximately miles ( km) long, in the U.S. state of Illinois. This river was important among Native Americans and early French traders as the principal water route connecting the Great Lakes with the Mississippi.• location: LA.