The Literal Translation of Places in Canada & the United States

Share: What’s in a name? A noun, a sense of identity, a form of identification. The discovery of the “New World” has been written about extensively but what can sometimes be forgotten is how states and areas became known for what they are now. Many derive from indigenous languages of the Americas. Alaska for example is derived from the Yupik word, “Alyeska”, an idiom from the Aleut people and Kansas comes from the Native American Sioux language. Others come from an individual person — Georgia from King George II and Louisiana from King Louis XIV. We’ve taken the names...

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