Pride Coming from the South
If you're from Mississippi this seal is bound to have some sentimental value, especially when considering that it has been around for almost two centuries and was adopted before Mississippi was even a state. And this souvenir from United States is most certainly meant to connote a powerful sense of American pride. This is quite evident when examining the almost majestic eagle in the center which is positioned in a fairly glorious way.
Surely, the golden color is meant to signify to a large extent the Southern heat that blankets this state in the light of day, but also the sovereignty that it has come to earn. Its very patriotic upon examination. A shield bearing the American flag is surely meant to signify the notion that this state is willing to fight for the rest of the nation with which it has unionized. However, its level of self reliance is expressed clearly at the talons of this grand old eagle which holds olive branches representing peace, and arrows that serve as a warning to anyone wishing harm to the state.
Mississippi in Details
It's all about the river, that could be an alternative meaning to the Native American word misi-zibi, or great river. Mississippi is the heart of the South, and it has been populated since the 10,000 BC. Many Native Americans, including Choctaw and Chickasaw populated these lands when European colonizers arrived in 1540. The region was administrated by the Spanish, and then the French and the British, influences which show in its architecture and its social history. Mississippi was the center of the Black people submission by local landowners and liberation which happened over the centuries. Curiously, this state ratified the Thirteenth Amendment as late as 1995. This is a great travel souvenir to take back home.