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State Nicknames

Each of our 50 states has a nickname, but the way they are applied is vastly different. THREE states derive their nickname from animals commonly found in the state (Michigan-Wolverine, South Dakota-Coyote, and Wisconsin-Badger), and only ONE derives its nickname from a bird (Louisiana-Pelican). SIX states take their nickname from minerals (Gold, Silver, etc.), but trees, flowers and other plants lead the entire slate of nicknames with TWELVE. Only ONE state (Iowa-Hawkeye) takes its nickname from a person, while NINE adopted a nickname reflective of geographical features in the state. SEVEN states are nicknamed in relationship to a historical event. The remainder have chosen nicknames that reflect mottos (Arkansas-Land of Opportunity), culture (Hawaii-Aloha), or characteristics (Missouri-Show Me).


Can you correctly identify the following 
States based upon the information related to their Nicknames? 

THE VOLUNTEER STATE:
The nickname of this state is derived from the fact that large numbers of its residents VOLUNTEERED and served in action during the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, and the Civil War.


 Your Answer

  1. Vermont
  2. Ohio
  3. Tennessee
  4. Virginia
  5. New York

THE FIRST STATE
Fiercely independent, this state fought as a SEPARATE state during the American Revolution, but gains its nickname from the fact that it was the FIRST state to ratify the U.S. Constitution in 1797.


Your Answer

  1. Virginia
  2. Maryland
  3. Vermont
  4. Delaware 
  5. New York

THE SOONER STATE
Following the ceding to the United States of unsettled lands by the Creek and Seminole Indians, this territory grew rapidly in the first of the Land Runs. Large numbers of homesteaders quickly settled the area before it was legally officially proclaimed opened for settlement, opting illegally to claim land SOONER that it was legal to do so.


Your Answer

  1. Arizona
  2. Oklahoma
  3. Texas
  4. Kansas 
  5. Nebraska

THE CENTENNIAL STATE
Originally, this state was incorporated as the State of JEFFERSON, which would have made it the first state to be named for an American President. The state's name was subsequently changes when
it was admitted to the Union in 1876, the 100th birthday (CENTENNIAL) of the Declaration of Independence.


Your Answer

  1. Kansas
  2. Colorado
  3. Montana
  4. Nebraska 
  5. Utah

THE EQUALITY STATE
Though freedom and equality were denied American women prior to ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920, this western state granted women the right to vote in 1869, becoming the first state to provide EQUAL rights regardless of sex. In 1924 the EQUALITY state elected the first woman governor in our nation's history.


Your Answer

  1. Utah
  2. Washington State
  3. Montana
  4. Colorado 
  5. Wyoming


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