1. A gambling card game in which chips are placed on the ace, king, queen and jack of separate suits (taken from a separate deck); a player plays the lowest card of a suit in his hand and then successively higher cards.
2. A midwestern state in north central United States in the Great Lakes region; Also called: Wolverine State, Great Lakes State.
State in N central us; nicknamed Wolverine State/Great Lake State
Area 151,600 sq km/58,518 sq mi
Cities Detroit, Grand Rapids, Flint
Features Great Lakes: Superior, Michigan, Huron, and Erie; Porcupine Mountains; Muskegon, Grand, St Joseph, and Kalamazoo rivers; over 50% forested; Isle Royale national park; the Upper Peninsula, connected to the rest of the state since 1957 by the Mackinac Bridge (pronounced Mackinaw), with Pictured Rocks national lakeshore and spectacular waterfalls; 94 state parks, including 23 in the Upper Peninsula; Lake Michigan shore, with the highest sand dunes outside the Sahara Desert in the Sleeping Bear Dunes national lakeshore, resort towns including the artists’ colony of Saugatuck, and the ss Keewatin, a passenger steamboat converted into a maritime museum; Mackinac Island, a Victorian village with no automobiles, including Old Fort Mackinac, a former British stronghold; the Keweenaw Peninsula, the source of much of the world’s copper 1840s–1960s, with the Arcadian Copper Mine, Delaware Copper Mine, Coppertown us, and the Victorian town of Callumat; Detroit, with the Detroit Institute of Art (1885), and the He
Nry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village at Dearborn; the Tulip Time Festival at Holland; the De Klomp Wooden Shoe and Delftware Factory, Holland; National Cherry Festival, Traverse City; National Music Camp, Interlochen; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Products motor vehicles and equipment; nonelectrical machinery; iron and steel; chemicals; pharmaceuticals; dairy products
Population (1990) 9,295,300
Famous people Edna Ferber, Gerald Ford, Henry Ford, Jimmy Hoffa, Iggy Pop, Diana Ross
History temporary posts established in early 17th century by French explorers Brulé, Marquette, Joliet, and La Salle; first settled 1668 at Sault Sainte Marie; present-day Detroit settled 1701; passed to the British 1763 and to the us 1796; statehood achieved 1837.
Henry Ford's establishment of the moving assembly line in 1913–14 made Detroit the motor-vehicle-production capital of the world. Since then the state's fortunes have been closely tied to the fortunes of the motor industry, prospering in the 1920s, 1940s, and 1950s, but badly hurt by the Great Depression of the 1930s and competition from Japanese manufacturers since the 1970s.
Lake, Lake in N central us, one of the Great Lakes; area 58,000 sq km/22,390 sq mi. Chicago and Milwaukee are its main ports.
Lake Michigan is joined to Lake Huron by the Straits of Mackinac. Green Bay is the largest inlet.
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