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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
U.S. state
of Minnesota.[1] It was chosen by the state's first governor, Henry Hastings Sibley, and was adopted in 1861, three years after admission of Minnesota
Minnesota
to the union.[2] Because of this motto, one of Minnesota's nicknames is The North Star State. The Minnesota
Minnesota
North Stars chose the English translation for their name. Many cities and place names in Minnesota
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
French language
in Minnesota
Minnesota
was widely spoken until the end of the 20th century. See also[edit]

List of place names of French origin in the United States

References[edit]

^ "2006 Minnesota
Minnesota
Statute § 1.135, subd. 3(f)(1)". State of Minnesota Revisor of Statutes. Retrieved 2007-02-19.  ^ " Minnesota
Minnesota
State Symbols: State Motto". Retrieved

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