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The Wisconsin State Motto
The official Wisconsin motto was adopted in 1851 and is:


The Meaning of the Wisconsin State Motto
The meaning of this famous motto reflects the optimistic character and beliefs of the citizens of the state and their hopes for the future. The 1881 Coat of Arms continues Theme of the motto containing symbols that represent the diversity, wealth and abundance of resources in Wisconsin. These are expressed via images of sailors and farmers, their tools together with the horn of plenty and a pyramid of pig lead. An anchor symbolizing hope is also prominent. The United States motto "E pluribus unum" meaning 'Out of many, one' also appears on the seal.



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

Wisconsin State Nickname List
Official Nickname: Badger State
America's Dairyland
The Copper State
Cheese State

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The Origin and Meaning of the Wisconsin Nicknames
The American citizens who live in, or who come from Wisconsin, are referred to as Wisconsinites. The history, origin and meaning of each of the state's nicknames are as follows:

The Badger State
The official nickname of the Badger State alludes not to the animals but to the nickname given to the miners in the lead mining districts of southwestern Wisconsin. It was the custom of the earlier settlers who worked in the lead mines to 'prospect' in unexplored parts of the country for new rich veins of lead. The lead miners could not return to their homes in the winter and made temporary homes for themselves in 'dugouts' in the sides of hills, burrowing like badgers.

America's Dairyland the Cheese State
America's Dairyland the Cheese nicknames serve as a direct reference to the dairy farming, especially butter and cheese in the region.

The Copper State
Copper is found as veins and cavity fillings in the igneous rocks in the north of the region. The 42 acre Wisconsin Copper Culture State Park is on the site of a prehistoric cemetery of the Old Copper Complex people who occupied the region between 4000 2000 BC.


The Constitution of Wisconsin
The constitution of Wisconsin establishes the basic rights of its citizens and echoes the words and sentiments of the motto. The preamble (opening) of the constitution is as follows:

"We, the people of Wisconsin, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure its blessings, form a more perfect government, insure domestic tranquility and promote the general welfare,
do establish this constitution."

Preamble of the Constitution of Wisconsin


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