Monday, August 31, 2009

The background of place names such as York

Above, York, UK
Originally uploaded by J.B. Morton
It's fun and part of your academic development to inquire into the origin and meaning of place names such as York / New York. In what part of the UK is York?
* Pennsylvania: meaning of sylvan?
* New Jersey: see the British island called Jersey off the coast of France.
* Vermont: what color? what terrain?
* Who was Henry Hudson? What was the point of his exploration of bays on the East Coast?
* Recently a NY Times reporter went up the Hudson to celebrate 400 years since the exploration. About 50 miles upstream from the city he passed a famous military institution called __ __ .

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Indigenous: Originating and living or occurring naturally in an area or environment.
* Chili peppers are indigenous to Mexico and Central America.
* The indigenous peoples of North La are the Caddo tribe.