February 26, 2020

Stately Individuals

The state of Louisiana is named for King Louis XIV of France, since French explorer Robert Cavelier de La Salle first claimed the Louisiana Territory.

The state of Virginia is named for “The Virgin Queen,” Elizabeth I of England, who gave explorer Sir Walter Raleigh permission to colonize it in 1584.

The state of Georgia is named for King George II of England, since the US was not yet a country when this future state was named by Europeans in 1733.