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California State Motto

California map - click to see all state mottos
California geology and topography map public domain image courtesy of USGS: A Tapestry of Time and Terrain. See All State Mottos - National Motto.

"Eureka...I have found it!"

California's state motto (Eureka... I have found it!) refers to the discovery of gold in California (more about California gold on the state mineral and state nickname pages). The California state motto also appears on the state seal.

The Greek word Eureka means "I have found it" (the famed Greek mathematician Archimedes is said to have exclaimed "Eureka!" when he finally discovered a method for determining the purity of gold).

Source:
State Motto: California State Library
Links:
All State Mottos - National Motto

    

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