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how did the state of louisiana get its name

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how the state of louisiana originally get its name
Submitted: 11 years ago.
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Expert:  Paul Klemstine replied 11 years ago.
This is the MSN Encarta reference:
"Initially, in the colonial period, the locality was known as Louisiane. This name was given by the French explorer René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, who journeyed down the Mississippi River in 1682 and claimed a vast area for France, naming it for the French king, Louis XIV. The Spanish version of the name was Luisiana. From these forms evolved the present name of Louisiana. The most popular nickname for Louisiana is the Pelican State, after the native coastal bird. Other nicknames are XXXXX XXXXX State, after the descendants of early French and Spanish settlers, and the Bayou State, for the many lush, slow-moving waterways found in the state."
http://encarta.msn.com/encyclopedia_761560280/Louisiana.html

and from answers.com
http://www.answers.com/topic/louisiana
"Where the name comes from: Named in honor of France's King Louis XIV "