First explored for Spain by Hernando de Soto. In 1699, a French group under Sieur d'Iberville established the first permanent settlement near present-day Ocean Springs.
Great Britain took over the area in 1763 after the French and Indian Wars, ceding it to the U.S. in 1783 after the Revolution. Spain did not relinquish its claims until 1798, and in 1810 the U.S. annexed West Florida from Spain, including what is now (the southern part of this state).
For a little more than one hundred years, from shortly after the state's founding through the Great Depression, cotton was the undisputed king of This State's largely agrarian economy. Over the last half-century, however, This State has diversified its economy by balancing agricultural output with increased industrial activity.
and they have purty Magnolia trees...
(Kat peeking in - teeheehee -- I know I haven't a chance to visit, but soon I will.... I just wanted to note that someone asked if I've stopped following them and NO I haven't! I haven't stopped following anyone - so if it looks as if I have stopped following you, then something else is happening - ????? I haven't done a thing on the computer -not even checked email -!-, other than the book giveaway posts, since Thursday night!
I am enjoying my travels - but I can't talk about it now...teehee... Hope you are all doing well - I miss my visits and 'talking' with you all - be back later!)