Which U.S. state gets its name from the indigenous Iroquois word meaning "the great river"?

And the answer: Ohio.  
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The Iroquois term Ohi:yo, meaning "the great river," references the Ohio River. Beginning in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and ending in Cairo, Illinois, the Ohio River contributes more water to the Mississippi River than any other tributary in the U.S.

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Yesterday, November 2nd, was National Ohio Day! On this day in 1803, President Thomas Jefferson signed a decree approving the boundaries and constitution of Ohio. It was the 17th U.S. state, and historically served as a critical partner of the Union by being the leading exporter of arms, manpower, food, inventions, and culture to North America.

You might know Ohio as the Buckeye State, but did you know that term doesn’t actually originate with the Ohio State Buckeyes? It’s true: buckeyes have been a state staple since 1840, when William Henry Harrison won the presidency, and his supporters made campaign souvenirs out of buckeye wood to honor their fellow Ohioan. In 1953, the Ohio legislature designated the Ohio Buckeye as Ohio's official state tree.

Ohio is nationally recognized for a myriad of other unique qualities, considering how many nicknames it has alone. For one, it’s known as the “Mother of Presidents,” as 8 U.S. Presidents were born and raised in Ohio (including our Buckeye-lover, William Henry Harrison). But it is also referred to as the “Birthplace of Aviation,” due to the fact that the Wright Brothers hailed from Dayton, where they conceived the first airplane. A number of other technological innovations set Ohio’s history apart from most: it represents the home and often inspiration for inventors such as John William Lambert, who invented the first gasoline powered American automobile in Ohio City in 1891, as well as businesses such as Wendy's and Arby's, which were also founded in Ohio.

Learn more about the Buckeye State/Mother of Presidents/Birthplace of Aviation here (in retrospect, it would have been shorter to just say “Ohio”).


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