Can You Guess the U.S. State from Its Motto?
States have flowers, flags, and nicknames. How well do you know your state mottos?
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Marie Bankhead Owen, of the Alabama Department of Archives and History, thought of Alabama’s state motto, “We Dare Defend our Rights,” while doing research for the state’s coat of arms. Owen found a poem by 18th-century author Sir William Jones called “What Constitutes a State?” which contains this segment: “Men who their duties know. But know their rights, and knowing, dare maintain.” The motto is prominently displayed on the Coat of Arms of Alabama, which was completed in 1923. The Latin phrase is “Audemus jura nostra defendere” and was translated by Professor W. B. Saffold of the University of Alabama. Another translation of the Latin phrase is “We Dare Maintain Our Rights.” Make sure you know these astonishing facts about each state.
The official mineral for California is gold, so it makes sense that the state motto is associated with the discovery of gold in California. The California Gold Rush in the mid-1800s sparked a movement to the west coast since everyone wanted a part of the action. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Greek word “Eureka” means “I have found it.” According to the California State Library, Greek mathematician Archimedes even exclaimed “Eureka!” after determining the purity of gold. Even though some tried in 1957 to have “In God We Trust” as the state motto, the Greek word became the official motto in 1963. California has been known as the “The Golden State” since 1968—do you know how every state got its nickname?
Florida’s official state motto, “In God We Trust,” is a recent development from the past two decades. Only made official in 2006, the state motto is also the same as our national motto, “In God We Trust.” Until then, Florida had a slightly different version of the current state motto with, “In God is our Trust” which in 1868 the Florida legislature adopted as part of the state seal. These are the best beaches in Florida locals want to keep secret.
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B. New Mexico
C. New Hampshire
Answer: New Mexico
The state motto for the “Land of Enchantment” is the Latin phrase “Crescit eundo,” which appears on the state seal and is translated as “It grows as it goes.” While it’s unclear when “Crescit eundo” was added to the seal, territorial secretary W. G. Ritch embellished the phrase in 1882 and thus it became the official state motto. However, not everyone is a fan of the state motto. Former New Mexico State Senator Joseph Carraro wanted to change the state motto to “Antiqua Suspice, Crastina Accipe” which translates to “Cherish the Past, Embrace the Future.” Carraro told NPR’s Scott Simon that “no one knows what ‘It Grows as It Goes’ means.” White Sands National Monument in New Mexico is one of the practically secret national parks you’ll want to visit as soon as you can.
Wyoming’s official state motto certainly holds true to its nickname: “The Equality State.” Even though Wyoming was the 44th state admitted to the Union, according to Britannica, it was the first state to “approve a constitution that included a provision granting women the right to vote.” Here are some of the other states where women were allowed to vote before 1920.