California was named by the Spanish following its discovery by Hernan Cortes, but there are two possible origins for its name. One theory says that the name comes from a few descriptive words in Catalan, and the other says that they came from the name of the mythical land of Queen Califa.Know More
When Columbus arrived in the Caribbean, he was told a legend about Matinino Island, where a band of women lived almost entirely without men. In 1524, Cortes also sent along word that he had heard of an island of all women that was defended by high cliffs and filled with gold and pearls. Many maps of the time show California as an island, but Mercator's map corrected this.
The word "California" was used in a romantic book by Garci Rodriguez de Montalvo, in which he describes an island of peace and plenty, calling it "California."
The name may also be less mythical and more descriptive in nature. It is possible that the name came from the Catalan words "calor," which means "hot," and "forn," which means "oven," in reference to the climate of the area. In addition, there is also a Native American phrase "kali forno," which means"high hill," that may also have inspired the name.Learn More
The coastal Calfornian community of Monterey has many activities for visitors to participate in, such as whale watching, checking out the Monterey Bay Aquarium and visiting the Monterey State Historic Park. Located less than 100 miles south of San Jose, Monterey is easy to access for tourists both in and out of state.Full Answer >
The elevation of downtown Steamboat Springs is 6,695 feet. The highest mountain elevation of Steamboat Springs is 12,180 feet at Mt. Zirkel's peak. Steamboat Springs is located within Colorado's Yampa Valley and is about 160 miles from Denver.Full Answer >
Nevada contains many unique natural resources, such as copper, gold, silver, tungsten and mercury. Lake Tahoe, in western Nevada, is a major natural source of the state's water. In eastern Nevada, the limestone geology adds to the expansive wealth of the state's natural resources. Nevada also boasts mines for various mineral deposits.Full Answer >
Pikes Peak of the Rocky Mountains has a maximum elevation of 14,115 feet. The mountain is one of 53 in the state of Colorado that rise at least 14,000 feet above sea level.Full Answer >