Did you know that René-Robert Cavelier discovered the mouth of the Mississippi River today in 1682? The part of a river that flows into another body of water such as a lake, ocean, or another river is called the ‘mouth’. The mouth is on the coast of Louisiana. Starting in northern Minnesota, the Mississippi flows south for 2,320 miles and passes through Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana. René-Robert Cavelier travelled and explored the length of the Mississippi River, claiming the land for France and naming the entire area ‘Louisiana’ after the French King.
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The watershed for the Mississippi extends into Canada, and across 31 states in the United States.
The Mississippi is the 4th longest river in the world.
Other names for the Mississippi River include:
Ojibwe: Misi-ziibi, Dakota: Mníšošethąka, Myaamia: Mihsi-siipiiwi, Cheyenne: Ma’xeé’ometāā’e, Kiowa: Xósáu, Arapaho: Beesniicie, Pawnee: Kickaátit The Ojibwe name for the river means “Great River”