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The Colorado State Motto
The Colorado motto is expressed in Latin as "Nil sine numine" which means:

"Nothing without Providence"

The Meaning of the Colorado State Motto
The origin of the State Motto was adopted as part of the Territorial Seal. Some translate the Latin motto to mean it is "Nothing without God". The word "numine" means any divinity, god or goddess. The committee report on the motto for the seal clarified the distinction between "numine" and "Deo" and it is specifically states that the committee's interpretative translation was "Nothing without the Deity". The American citizens who live in, or who come from Colorado, are referred to as Coloradans.

"Nothing without Providence"


The Colorado State Nickname
The Colorado Motto is complimented by a less formal, popular Colorado 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:

Colorado State Nickname List
Official Nickname: Centennial State
Columbine State
Last Frontier and Last Old West State
Mile High & Mountain State and Colorful Colorado

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

Centennial State
The official Cetennial nickname derives the statehood of Colorado. It achieved its statehood in 1876 exactly 100 years after the Declaration of Independence.

The Rocky Mountain columbine was designated the official flower of Colorado in 1899, hence the flowery nickname.

Last Frontier and Last Old West State
The Last Frontier and Last Old West is fairly self explanatory and also alludes to the great rush of population to the Far West when gold was found in the region in 1858.

Mile High & Mountain State and Colorful Colorado
All of these nicknames refer to the geography, especially its majestic mountains, and the beauty of the lands. It also has the name of the 'Skier's Paradise'.


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

"Passing through your wonderful mountains and canyons I realize that this state is going to be more and more the playground for the whole republic...
You will see this the real Switzerland of America."
Quote by President Theodore Roosevelt

"Not every Coloradan lives in the mountains, but the mountains live in every Coloradan". "Love, Freedom, Goodness, Beauty are One"
Quote by Jiddu Krishnamurti


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