To Christian Citizens
State Primary: March 13, 2014
Mississippi Conservative Candidate Voting Guide 2014
Mississippi Senate Candidates 2014
Thad Cochran (R)
Mississippi Candidates for Congress 2014:
Phil Bryant (R)
Mississippi Lt. Governor Candidates
Tate Reeves (R)
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History of Mississippi. Information that every Mississippi Election Candidates for Governor Should Know
First explored for Spain by Hernando de Soto, who discovered the Mississippi River in 1540, the region was later claimed by France. In 1699, a French group under Sieur d'Tberville 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 southern Mississippi.
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 Mississippi's largely agrarian economy. Over the last half-century, however, Mississippi has diversified its economy by balancing agricultural output with increased industrial activity.
Today, agriculture continues as a major segment of the state's economy. Soybeans occupied the most acreage for almost 40 years, while cotton remained the largest cash crop. A change took place in 2001 more acres of cotton were planted than soybeans, and Mississippi jumped to second in the nation in cotton production. The state's farmlands also yield important harvests of corn, peanuts, pecans, rice, sugar cane, and sweet potatoes as well as poultry, eggs, meat animals, dairy products, feed crops, and horticultural crops. Mississippi remains the world's leading producer of pond-raised catfish.