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The California State Motto
The California motto is expressed in Greek as "Eureka!" which means:

"I have found it!"

The Meaning of the California State Motto
The meaning of the Motto "Eureka" alludes to the famous expression attributed to the ancient Greek inventor and physicist Archimedes (c. 287 BC c. 212 BC). He proclaimed "Eureka!" when he stepped into a bath and noticed that the water level rose which allowed him to find the way to measure the density of an object, and whether, or not, it was made of gold. The California motto "Eureka - I've found it" refers to the momentous discovery of gold near Sutter's Mill on January 24, 1848.

"I have found it!"

The History of the Alabama State Motto
In 1939 Marie Bankhead Owen, a Director of the Alabama Department of Archives & History, selected the words after being inspired by a poem

The California State Nickname
The California Motto is complimented by a less formal, popular California nickname which, combined with the motto, are highly descriptive of the people, the geography and the history of the state. The names used as nicknames are:

California State Nickname List
Official Nickname: Golden State
El Dorado State
Land of Milk and Honey
Grape State

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The Origin and Meaning of the California Nicknames
The history, origin and meaning of each of the state's nicknames are as follows:

The Golden State
The Official motto and nickname of California alludes to the to the California Gold Rush of 1848 and the fields of yellow poppies (official state flower) that bloom in the spring. The state legislature made "The Golden State" the official nickname of California in 1968.

El Dorado
El Dorado is yet another reference to gold. El Dorado (Spanish for "the gilded one") is the name of a Muisca chief of the Muiscan Confederation of the central highlands of present-day Colombia. As part of an initiation ritual Chief El Dorado covered himself with gold dust and dived into the Guatavita Lake. The name became synonymous with  a legendary "Lost City of Gold" that obsessed early explorers and the Spanish Conquistadors.

The Grape State
The mention of grapes refers to the fruit that is grown in the region and has given rise to the popularity of Californian wine.

The Land of Milk and Honey
The Land of Milk and Honey alludes to the Bible reference to the abundance of land of Israel in the Book of Exodus "a land flowing with milk and honey".


Quotes about California
Famous quotes about the state of California include:

"Soon it got dusk, a grapy dusk, a purple dusk over tangerine groves and long melon fields; the sun the color of pressed grapes, slashed with burgundy red, the fields the color of love and Spanish mysteries."
Quote by Jack Kerouac

"Things are tough all over, cupcake, an' it rains on the just an' the unjust alike...except in California."
Quote by Alan Moore


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