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    ... Stories of the UNITED STATES of America ...

    .. Stories of the UNITED STATES of America ...

    I'd wager that most people aren't aware that over half the states that make up the union we call the United States are actually Native American words for the land or the people that White settlers simply adopted as they spread across the West. Here are all 26 states as well as the meaning of their names according to the
    Nevada Dept. of Tourism and Cultural Affairs
    and various state websites.

    1. Alabama

    Named after the Alibamu tribe of Indians who were members of the Creek Confederacy. Literally, it means clears the thicket.
    2. Alaska

    From the word Alakshak which means peninsula.
    3. Arizona

    This one's uncertain but may derive from a word meaning small springs.
    4. Connecticut

    From the expression quinnitukg-ut which means at the long tidal river.

    5. Hawaii

    From the words Havaiki or Hawaiki, which was the legendary name of the original Polynesian homeland.
    6. Idaho

    Derived from one of three sources and meaning one of three things:

    • Comanche Idahi
    • Shoshone ee-dah-how which means something like Good Morning
    • Salmon River Tribe of Indians Ida means salmon and ho means tribe so we might be saying Salmon eaters.

    7. Illinois

    From ilhiniwek or lliniwek. Illini meant man and iwek makes the word plural, so, literally, men.
    8. Iowa

    Named after the Ioway Indians.
    9. Kansas

    Named after the Kansa Indians.
    10. Kentucky

    Means one of three things: meadow lands, cane and turkey lands, or dark and bloody ground.
    11. Massachusetts

    An Indian word meaning ?bout the big hill.
    12. Michigan

    From the Chippewa Indian word Michigama meaning large lake.
    13. Minnesota

    From the Dakota Indian word Minisota meaning white water.
    14. Mississippi

    From the Choctaw word meaning Great water or Father of Waters.
    15. Missouri

    Town of the large canoes.
    16. Nebraska

    From the Oto Indian word meaning flat water.
    17. New Mexico

    Named after Mexico, of course. Means place of the Mexica. One source says that it's derived from the name Mertili who was an Aztec god.
    18. Ohio

    From the Iroquois word meaning beautiful.
    19. Oklahoma

    From the Chocraw word meaning red people.
    20 and 21. South and North Dakota

    This used to all simply be called the Dakota Territory. The Indian word Dahkota means friends or allies.
    22. Tennessee

    From the Cherokee Tanasi which was a village. The word means one of three things: meeting place, winding river, or river of the great bend.
    23. Texas

    A Caddo Indian word meaning allies.
    24. Utah

    Derived from the Ute Indian word Yuta meaning people who live high in the mountains.
    25. Wisconsin

    From the word Wishkonsing meaning place of the beaver.
    26. Wyoming

    Last edited by charley; 04-27-2018 at 06:48 PM.

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    I did not know this about the states

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    theres an amazing story about settlers that had a small colony left alone to survive and form a camp, they were taking as prisoners tortured and killed. when the ships came back the colonists were all missing never found
    Aussies and Philadelphians are the only people here

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