- Midwestern state of the U.S.: admitted, 1837; 56,804 sq mi (147,121 sq km); pop. 9,938,000; cap. Lansing: abbrev. MI or Mich
- one of the Great Lakes, between Mich. & Wis.: 22,300 sq mi (57,757 sq km)
Origin of Michigan; from French ; from Algonquian, literally , great water
Abbr. MI or Mich.
A state of the north-central United States. It was admitted as the 26th state in 1837. French explorers first visited the area in 1618, and the French retained nominal control until the end of the French and Indian Wars (1763), when the region passed to Great Britain. It was ceded to the United States in 1783, although the British held some areas until 1796. The Michigan Territory was organized in 1805 with Detroit as its capital. Lansing is the state capital (since 1847) and Detroit the largest city.