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California Name Origin

California state quarter- click to see all state quarters
California became the 31st state in 1850 (see statehood order).
The California quarter features John Muir (early advocate for
wilderness conservation); a California condor; Half Dome
(a granite dome in Yosemite National Park); a giant sequoia
( the state tree); and the captions "John Muir" and
"Yosemite Valley" (public domain image on Wikipedia).
See All 50 state quarters - All State Name Origins.

California - click to see all state name origins

What does the word California mean?

The name California originates from the Spanish conquistadors, taken from "Las Serges de Esplandian," a Spanish romance written about 1510 which describes an imaginary island; an earthly paradise. Baja California (lower California - now in Mexico) was first visited by the Spanish in 1533. What is now the state of California was called Alta California (upper California).

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