Which state was named after a French king?
Answer: Louisiana was named after Louis XIV, King of France from 1643 to 1715. When Frenchman René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle claimed the interior of North America drained by the Mississippi River and its tributaries for his country in 1682, the explorer named it Louisiana in honor of Louis XIV. The suffix -ana is a Latin suffix that can refer to information relating to an individual or subject. Thus, roughly, Louis + ana carries the idea of “related to Louis.” The Louisiana Territory became American property after the U.S. purchased it from France in 1803.
Louisiana is a southeastern U.S. state on the Gulf of Mexico. Its history as a melting pot of French, African, American and French-Canadian cultures is reflected in its Creole and Cajun cultures. The largest city, New Orleans, is known for its colonial-era French Quarter, raucous Mardi Gras festival, jazz music, Renaissance-style St. Louis Cathedral and wartime exhibits at the huge National WWII Museum.
Capital: Baton Rouge