States Named in Honor of Prominent People
November 27, 2017 3:16pm CST
Usually when people hear the name New York they think about New York City but there is a whole state beyond that named New York State. When an English colony settled in what today is known as Manhattan in New York City they named the entire state after the Duke of York. It is one of the original 13 states and its nickname is “The Empire State”. The capital is Albany and the state flower is the ever lovely rose. The very first European explorer to set foot in what is today the state of New Jersey was Italian Giovanni da Verrazano. Also part of the first 13 states and named after the island of Jersey in the English Channel. Its nickname is “The Garden State” and the capital is Trenton. The state flower is the purple violet. A Quaker named William Penn named the state of Pennsylvania in honor of his father. He combined that last name of Penn with the Latin term sylvania, translating to “woodlands”. Together that came to “Penn’s Woodlands”. Another one of the 13 states its nickname is “The Keystone State”. The capital is Harrisburg and the state flower is the mountain-laurel.
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