Why do Colombia and Columbia (as in British Columbia) have different spellings?
- Anonymous9 years agoFavorite Answer
Because the man for whom they are named is called by different names in different languages. In Spanish he is Cristóbal Colón; in English, Christopher Columbus; in the language of his native Italy... er, something else. Anyway, because the Spanish colonized Colombia and the English colonized Canada, they named stuff after him but with their own spellings of his name.
This was pretty common in those multicultural days; here in San Diego we have things named for the Spanish explorer Cabrillo, except when he's considered a Portugese explorer, in which case, some other things are name for him under his Portugese name, Cabrilho.