Nevada, Florida and Colorado are all Spanish adjectives.. Do you know what they mean?
Not sure of Florida and Nevada. I know Colorado means red, although in conversation it means an off red many times.
I beg to differ with you! Spanish is pretty much a native language here in San Diego. It is used extensively.
That may be, but I am a certified Spanish teacher and can tell you that "colorado" does not mean "red". Rojo means "red". However, it is possible that the term may mean "red" where you live due to changes in meanng over time.
Quoting Google "Colorado is a Spanish adjective that means “red.” The early Spanish explorers in the Rocky Mountain region named a river they found the Rio Colorado for the reddish silt that the water carried down from the mountains."
If you look in a Spanish/English Dictionary you will see that Colorado means "highly colored" or "of many colors". All I can figure is that there must be different meanings for that word, but I have never heard it defined as "red".
Check out the response I left for Kristin Howe. Turns out we both are right!!
Since indeed the Spanish derived names for specific regions of territory, we are honored with states that have these descriptive terms.
Nevada is a Spanish term meaning "Snowy", from Sierra Nevada, meaning "snow-capped range of mountains". Sierra means "a range of mountains. Colorado is a Spanish term meaning ruddy or red. The Spanish named it this because of the muddy red color of the appropriately named, Colorado River. Florida indeed is quite simple; it is a Spanish term meaning flowery or florid because of the abundance of flowery plants observed by Ponce de Leon many years ago.
Good answer except that the discussion about Colorado meaning "red" is not exactly the case. As I said in my response to Kristen, Colorado in Spanish actually means "colored", but can also mean"red"...although the word for red is "rojo".
I thought sierra meant "saw" (like the cutting tool) and the mountain range was named for its jagged sawtooth peaks.
Rochelle, I believe you may indeed be correct, I should have texted: Sierra refers to a specific range of mountains...
Google defines "sierra" as a long, jagged mountain chain
This is what I found about it
Nevada comes from the Spanish word nieve meaning "snow-capped."
Nevada is known by the three following nicknames: "Battle-Born State", "Sagebrush State" and the "Silver State". played an important part in state history
Florida was named Pascua Florida by explorer Ponce de Leon on Easter in 1513. It means "Flowery Easter" or "Flowering Easter" (after Spain's "Feast of the Flowers" Easter celebration)
Colorado is of Spanish origin, meaning "colored red." In 1861 congress chose Colorado as the name for the Territory
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