Most people think it important to gather knowledge regarding the world around us. It makes life interesting if nothing else. Why would many Californians not have a clue as to why their license plates, driver’s license and address have the word California printed on it? When they do discover its origins, however, the interest is obvious by their reaction and the discussion that follows. It seems to be a hidden and largely forgotten yet significant piece of history. When studying the historical aspects of the State of California, it only makes sense to start at the beginning but that essential facet is often overlooked, buried under the massive amounts of historical data amassed in the State since that time.Queen Califia ruled over a beautiful, warm and exotic place with benevolence and strength, all qualities that can be associated with California today. The State is also an island of sorts, separated by distance and culture from other regions of the U. such as the Corn Belt, Bible belt, the frozen tundra of the Northern States, the industrial Midwest, Deep South, etc. The Californian society is also, arguable, more advanced than many other regions and socially speaking, assuredly on a metaphorical island apart from the rest of the country. Ask anyone from Nebraska and they will tell you the same thing but probably in a derogatory manner. In addition, people still pan for gold in the streams of California and bronzed beauties grace the shorelines, both of which reference back to the original Island of California.The universal lack of knowledge concerning the historical origins of the name California is unfortunate. It’s as if there is a conspiracy to hide this colorful story from the. California History.
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