Origin of "Louisiana"

Louisiana State Name Origin


Louis XIV of France

Painting of Louis XIV of France (1638 - 1715); public domain image on Wikipedia.

What does "Louisiana" mean?

Louisiana (La Louisianne) was named by explorer René-Robert Cavelier in the mid 1600's to honor King Louis XIV of France. President Thomas Jefferson purchased the Louisiana territory from Napoleon in 1803 (the original Louisiana territory is now divided between 13 states).