who named the state of arkansas , arkansas?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    "The early Spanish or French explorers of the state gave it its name, which is probably a phonetic spelling for the Illinois word for the Quapaw people, who lived downriver from them."

  • 1 decade ago

    The name "Arkansas" reflects both our French and Indian heritage. The French explorers referred to the native Americans who lived in northern Arkansas as "Arkansaes" (meaning South Wind).

    The spelling comes from early French usage and the precedent set by the Arkansas Gazette. The pronunciation was determined by the General Assembly of 1881 after much investigation. The name is pronounced "Ark-an-saw", not "Ark-an-sas".

    Source(s): About.com
  • 1 decade ago

    The name "Arkansas" reflects both our French and Indian heritage. The French explorers referred to the native Americans who lived in northern Arkansas as "Arkansaes" (meaning South Wind).

    Source(s): littlerock.about.com
  • Cirric
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Hi. From the web : French interpretation of the Sioux word "acansa," meaning "downstream place"

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  • 1 decade ago

    Try this link. It gives a good accounting of the origin.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    the nicely proper pronunciation is Ar-kan-pronounced the "s" is silent, very like in Illinois. many human beings also pronounce Oregon incorrectly. they say it how they examine it, Or-e-gon (the middle "e" reported like the "e" in egg) once you should claim or-e-gen (the "gen" should be reported like the perfect 4 letters in again)

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    the pioneers who settled the area

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