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Jackson (pop. 395,396), capital and largest city of Mississippi, located on the west bank of the Pearl River. Local industries include processing of cottonseed oil, lumbering, and manufacture of agricultural machinery. There are many oil and gasfields in the region. Founded as a trading post around 1780, Jackson was incorporated in 1821 and named after Andrew Jackson. The city was nearly destroyed during the Civil War.

See also: Mississippi.

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