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.
Midwestern state of the U.S.: admitted 1837; 56,804 sq mi (147,121 sq km); cap. Lansing.
One of the Great Lakes, between Mich. & Wis.: 22,300 sq mi (57,757 sq km)
Origin of michigan
< Fr < Algonquian, lit., great water
bend of Lake Michigan, was definitely fixed in 1837, when Michigan came into the Union.
shore of Lake Michigan, 75 m.
Bay City is served by the Michigan Central, the Pere Marquette, the Grand Trunk and the Detroit & Mackinac railways, and by lake steamers.
The shores of Lake Michigan are generally low and sandy, and the land slopes gradually to the water.
Lake Michigan is connected at its north-east extremity with lake Huron by the strait of Mackinac, 48 m.