Asked in Indiana
How did the State of Indiana get its name?
January 29, 2009 3:19AM
"Indiana" means "Indian Lands." The use of that word to describe the territory now called Indiana dates back to at least 1768 and the "Indiana Land Company." The name was used in 1800 when creating the Indiana Territory out of the Northwest Territory when Ohio was being prepared for admission as a state. At that time, most of the Indiana Territory was land held by the Indians (as Native Americans were then called) and not controlled by the US government.