Most Texas historians agree that the city of Dallas was named by founder John Neely Bryan for George Mifflin Dallas, who served as vice president under James Polk. However, they also agree that there is no way to know for certain if this is true, as Bryan left few personal writings following his death in 1877 in the Texas State Lunatic Asylum.Know More
According to the city of Dallas website, Bryan, an attorney, land speculator and farmer, told an early pioneer that he named the town for his "friend Dallas." The pioneer said he believed this friend to be Vice President George Mifflin Dallas. Other possible namesakes for the town include Commodore Alexander James Dallas, brother to George Mifflin Dallas and a naval commander stationed in the Gulf of Mexico, Walter R. Dallas or brother James L. Dallas, whose family owned land near Bryan's, and Joseph Dallas, who lived near Bryan's childhood home in Arkansas.
The Corsicana Daily Sun reports that there is no evidence that Bryan ever met George Mifflin Dallas. There is, however, evidence that Bryan referred to the city as "Dallas" at least two years prior to George Mifflin Dallas being elected to the position of vice president.Learn more about The South
The Carolina colony was so named for three monarchs named Charles: Charles IX of France, Charles I of England and his son Charles II of England. The Latin name for Charles is Carolus. The name Carolana, or Carolina means "land of Charles" in Latin. The name refers to lands between latitudes 31 degrees and 36 degrees north.Full Answer >
According to the Encyclopædia Britannica, Mississippi's name was derived from a Native American language. The Online Etymology Dictionary explains that the name was originally that of the river. The name combines the Ojibwa words "mshi," meaning "big," and "ziibi," meaning "river."Full Answer >
Louisiana is referred to as "The Pelican State" because of the large numbers of brown pelicans that live along its coastline. The brown pelican, the official state bird, is present on the state's flag and its great seal. It's also one of the three symbols on the U.S. Mint's state quarter.Full Answer >
The major landforms in Florida include the beaches, the rolling hills in the panhandle, the Everglades swamp and Lake Okeechobee. The Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico surround the state. Even though there are 1,200 miles of coastline, only 700 miles are accessible beaches where vacationers and locals can enjoy their time.Full Answer >