Monthly Archives: April 2013

Missouri- the show me state

The tribal people for which the state is named are the Missouri Indians but they were originally called the ouemessourita by the Miami-Illinois Indians.  The name means “those who have dugout canoes”.

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Nebraska: we got corn

One of the rivers that runs through Nebraska is called the Platte River.  It just so happens that the state gets its name from the Omaha Indians that called the river “Ní Btháska” which means “flat water”.

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Nevada: the silver state

This western, desert state is named after the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  In Spanish the name translates into “snow-capped mountain range”.

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New Hampshire: not “old” Hampshire

Even though New Hampshire was named after a county in England called Hampshire it was still the first colony to break away from British control in the late 1700’s.

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New Jersey: New owners and a new name

Originally known as New Netherland when controlled by the Dutch it later became known as the Province of New Jersey by the British that took over the area.

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New Mexico: there’s gold in them thar hills

When the Europeans started showing up in the region now known as New Mexico the Pueblo people were common in the area.  The region apparently had gold and one gold seeker explored areas north of Mexico in the late 1500’s … Continue reading

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North Carolina: The Tarheel state

In England in the late 1600’s King Charles II regained the throne after the “Wars of the Three Kingdoms”.  For their loyalty he awarded several lords land that was called Carolina.  The land was named for King Charles as Carolus … Continue reading

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North Dakota: watch out for no-dakers!

North Dakota was named for a tribe of Sioux Indians known as the Dakota (also associated with North and South Dakota are the Lakota Indians).

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South Dakota: where the buffalo roam…

North Dakota and South Dakota were both named for the Sioux Indian tribe known as the Dakota.

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Oklahoma: more than just a musical

The Choctaw Indian tribe was commonplace in the area now known as Oklahoma prior to white settlers.  In Choctaw the words Okla and Humma translate into “red people” –the natives of the land before settlement.

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