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June 28, 2019

Black Queen California

Was California’s name derived from A Black Virgin Queen?

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Was California’s name derived from A Black Virgin Queen? The state of California was named for Califia, reputedly a Black virgin queen. She was said to rule an “island nation” of Amazons, where gold was the only metal. Even as late as 1707, some European maps continued to depict California as an island. While many California children hear the story in school of the origin of our State’s name, not…