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Fun Facts about the 50 States

#Year:State Name:Name Origin:State
State Nickname:Mail
Thirteen Original Colonies / States
011787DelawareNamed after
De La Warr,
a Virginia Governor
DoverFirst StateDEClick
021787PennsylvaniaNamed after
William Penn's father
HarrisburgKeystone StatePAClick
031787New JerseyNamed after
British island
of Jersey
TrentonGarden StateNJClick
041788GeorgiaNamed after
King George II
AtlantaPeach StateGAClick
051788ConnecticutNative American for:
Beside the Long River
HartfordConstitution StateCTClick
061788MassachusettsNative American for:
Large Mountain Place
BostonBay StateMAClick
071788MarylandNamed after
Queen Henrietta Maria
AnnapolisOld Line StateMDClick
081788South CarolinaNamed after
King Charles I
ColumbiaPalmetto StateSCClick
091788New HampshireNamed after
English county
of Hampshire
Granite StateConcordNHClick
101788VirginiaNamed after
"Virgin Queen"
Elizabeth I
RichmondOld DominionVAClick
111788New YorkNamed after the
Duke of York
AlbanyEmpire StateNYClick
121789North CarolinaNamed after
King Charles I
RaleighTar Heel StateNCClick
131790Rhode IslandNamed after the Greek
island of Rhodes
ProvidenceOcean StateRIClick
Admitted to the Union
#Year:State Name:Name Origin:State
State Nickname:Mail
141791VermontFrench for:
Green Mountain
MontpelierGreen Mountain StateVTClick
151792KentuckyNative American for:
FrankfortBluegrass StateKYClick
161796TennesseeNamed after
Cherokee villages
NashvilleVolunteer StateTNClick
171803OhioNative American for:
Beautiful River
ColumbusBuckeye StateOHClick
181812LouisianaNamed after
French King Louis XIV
Baton RougePelican StateLAClick
191816IndianaNative American for:
Land of Indians
IndianapolisHoosier StateINClick
201817MississippiNative American for:
Great River
JacksonMagnolia StateMSClick
211818IllinoisNative American for:
Men or Warrior
SpringfieldPrairie StateILClick
221819AlabamaName of Native
American Tribe (Creek)
MontgomeryYellowhammer StateALClick
231820MaineNamed after French
Province: Mayne
AugustaPine Tree StateMEClick
241821MissouriNative American for:
Muddy Water
Jefferson CityShow Me StateMOClick
251836ArkansasFrench for: KansasLittle RockLand of OpportunityARClick
#Year:State Name:Name Origin:State
State Nickname:Mail
261837MichiganNative American for:
Great Water
LansingWolverine StateMIClick
271845FloridaSpanish for:
Feast of Flowers
TallahasseeSunshine StateFLClick
281845TexasNative American for:
Friendly Tribe
AustinLone Star StateTXClick
291846IowaNative American for:
Beautiful Land
Des MoinesHawkeye StateIAClick
301848WisconsinNative American for:
Grassy Place
MadisonBadger StateWIClick
311850CaliforniaMythical island in
Spanish literature
SacramentoGolden StateCAClick
321858MinnesotaNative American for:
Sky Tinted Water
St. PaulNorth Star StateMNClick
331859OregonNative American for:
Beautiful Water
SalemBeaver StateORClick
341861KansasNative American for:
South Wind People
TopekaSunflower StateKSClick
351863West VirginiaNamed after
"Virgin Queen"
Elizabeth I
CharlestonMountain StateWVClick
361864NevadaSpanish for: Snow CladCarson CitySilver StateNVClick
371867NebraskaNative American for:
Broad River
LincolnCornhusker StateNEClick
381876ColoradoSpanish for: RedDenverCentennial StateCOClick
#Year:State Name:Name Origin:State
State Nickname:Mail
391889North DakotaNative American for:
Friend or Ally
BismarckFlickertail StateNDClick
401889South DakotaNative American for:
Friend or Ally
PierreCoyote StateSDClick
411889MontanaSpanish for: MountainousHelenaTreasure StateMTClick
421889WashingtonNamed after
George Washington
OlympiaChinook StateWAClick
431890IdahoNative American for:
Salmon People or:
Light on the Mountains
BoiseGem StateIDClick
441890WyomingNative American for:
Large Prairie
CheyenneEquality StateWYClick
451896UtahNative American for:
Higher Up
Salt Lake CityBeehive StateUTClick
461907OklahomaNative American for:
Red People
Oklahoma CitySooner StateOKClick
471912New MexicoNamed after:
Aztec god of war, Mexitil
Santa FeLand of EnchantmentNMClick
481912ArizonaSpanish version of
Pima word meaning:
Little Spring Place
PhoenixGrand Canyon StateAZClick
491959AlaskaRussian version of Aleut
word meaning: Great Land
JuneauThe Last FrontierAKClick
501959HawaiiPolynesian word for:
Home Land
HonoluluAloha StateHIClick
The Nation's Capital
--1800Washington, D.C.Named after
George Washington
and Columbus
Capital of the NationCapital CityDCClick

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