Michigan Becomes a State
Say "Ojibwa" (O-'jib-way) quickly and it
might just sound a little like "Michigan." Michigan derived its
name from the Indian word "Ojibwa" which means "large lake."
Four of the five Great Lakes, the largest lakes in the United
States, border Michigan. Even before Michigan became a
state, large towns grew up along the edge of the lakes.
In 1835, the Michigan territory enacted its first constitution,
but statehood was delayed until 1837. The reason for the delay
was because the territory was involved in what was known as the
Toledo War, a boundary dispute with Ohio. The dispute was
settled when Michigan gave up its claim to the mouth of the
Maumee River at Toledo, Ohio.
On January 26, 1837,
President Andrew Jackson signed a bill making Michigan the
nation's 26th state. Additional land was given to Michigan, the
part of the state known as the Upper Peninsula, making it the
state with the most area bordering the shores of the Great