Nevada's name comes from the Spanish word "nevado," which means "snowy." The first Europeans to settle in the region were Spanish, and the name was inspired by the nearby snow-capped mountains.
The Spanish first came to the area in 1775 as missionaries and fur traders. In 1825, the Hudson Bay Company arrived and explored the area. The United States gained the Nevada territory in 1850 by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. However, according to the Nevada Legislature website, the first settlements were not established in Nevada until 1851. It became a U.S. territory on March 2, 1861. On Oct. 31, 1864, it became the 36th state.Learn More
Colorado was named after the Colorado River, which in turn was named for its reddish hue from the silt it carries from the mountains. Colorado is Spanish for "colored red." In 1861, the population of the unnamed territory had risen high enough from the Pike's Peak gold rush that Congress combined parts of Nebraska, Kansas, Utah and New Mexico to create Colorado.Full Answer >
The modern name of this volcano was given to it by Captain George Vancouver in 1792. He named it in honor of Alleyne Fitzherbert, who was the British ambassador to Spain. Fitzherbert held the title of Baron St. Helens.Full Answer >
The capital of Nevada is Carson City, while the largest city is Las Vegas. Carson City is located in western Nevada with an area of 168 square miles. Carson City has an elevation of 4,802 feet above sea level and was founded in 1858.Full Answer >
The first European explorer to enter the state of Nevada was Spanish priest Francisco Garces. Garces penetrated the southern part of the state in 1776.Full Answer >