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How did Indiana get its name?

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"Indiana" means "Land of the Indians" or "Land of Indians," likely due to the large number of Indian tribes in the area. When the territory was christened "Indiana" in 1800, the name was borrowed from older maps, though no one knows for sure who originally gave it that name.

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Other state names make similar references. For instance, "Oklahoma" means "red people," and "Utah" means "people of the mountains," a name from the Ute tribe. "Missouri" refers to the tribe of the same name, though it also means "town of the large canoes." "Kansas" is "people of the south wind," while "Illinois" means "tribe of superior men" in Algonquin, and "Alabama" was named after a local tribe. Many other state names come from Indian words, such as "Texas" and "Alaska."

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