L'Étoile du Nord
L'Étoile du Nord is a French phrase meaning "The Star of the North".
It is the motto of the
U.S. state of Minnesota. It was chosen by
the state's first governor, Henry Hastings Sibley, and was adopted in
1861, three years after admission of
Minnesota to the union.
Because of this motto, one of Minnesota's nicknames is The North Star
Minnesota North Stars chose the English translation for
Many cities and place names in
Minnesota owe their founding to or
recall the presence of early French-Canadian settlers, such as St.
Cloud, Duluth, Saint Paul, Hennepin County, Faribault, Voyageurs
National Park and Lac qui parle. The
French language in
widely spoken until the end of the 20th century.
List of place names of French origin in the United States
Minnesota Statute § 1.135, subd. 3(f)(1)". State of Minnesota
Revisor of Statutes. Retrieved 2007-02-19.
Minnesota State Symbols: State Motto". Retrieved