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TYPE: Political Subdivision
CONTRIBUTOR: Fanny on 8/8/2014
Meaning & History
Name of a state in the United States, and two states in Mexico. California was once believed to be an island, and was named after the fictional island, California, in Garci Ordóñez de Montalvo's novel 'Las Sergas de Esplandián'. That California was named after its queen, Califia. Califia's name was derived from the Arabic word, calif.