Hey What Does ‘California’ Mean Anyway?

Wikipedia knows:

The name California is most commonly believed to have derived from a fictional paradise peopled by Black Amazons and ruled by a Queen Califia. The myth of Califia is recorded in a 1510 work The Exploits of Esplandian, written as a sequel to Amadís de Gaula by Spanish adventure writer Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo.[8][9][10] The kingdom of Queen Califia or Calafia, according to Montalvo, was said to be a remote land inhabited by griffins and other strange beasts and rich in gold.

Know ye that at the right hand of the Indies there is an island named California, very close to that part of the terrestrial Paradise, which was inhabited by black women, without a single man among them, and that they lived in the manner of Amazons. They were robust of body, with strong and passionate hearts and great virtues. The island itself is one of the wildest in the world on account of the bold and craggy rocks. Their weapons were all made of gold. The island everywhere abounds with gold and precious stones, and upon it no other metal was found.[11][verification needed]

Whoa! Griffins! Read on.

Previously:

Let’s All Sink With California When It Falls Into the Sea


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2 Comments on “Hey What Does ‘California’ Mean Anyway?”

  1. bozo Says:

    Black women with passionate hearts, weapons of gold, stones..?
    Men, that sound like Hunters Point!

  2. joe finkel Says:

    at the treasure island festival, i was thinking of this story… treasure island sounds like a silly name for a real place, but i guess its not the first place to be named after an island from a fictional story.


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