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  •  Rhode Island (3+ / 0-)
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    slksfca, klompendanser, Jim H

    There's a town called Wyoming in Rhode Island, too.  Perhaps something about that contributed to the naming in Pennsylvania.

    Much of western PA was originally part of VA, as well as WV.  Pittsburgh for its first century or so.  Ohio was Indian Country, by formal agreement, with the Ohio River as the boundary.  But then, after the Revolution, major sections of present-day Ohio got apportioned for settlement by veterans from various places, including CT & VA, thereby violating solemn promises to the various tribes.  This led to Tecumseh's pan-Indian movement, and the events at Tippecanoe.  (Which contributed to the election not of Tyler, but instead Harrison as President.)  That being in 1811, it set the stage for the War of 1812, too.

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    by Land of Enchantment on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 02:24:39 AM PDT

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    •  Wyoming Rhode Island and PA (2+ / 0-)
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      Jim H, Land of Enchantment

      ...definitely has to be a language connection. An article from Harper's Monthy Magazine says that the Delaware Nation called the valley "Maughwau-wame" or "the big plains." The white settlers who couldn't pronounce that left off the first syllable and mangled "wau-wame" to "wyoming."

      It would make sense that Rhode Island would have a similarly named town ... apparently a lot of settlers in the state of Wyoming were all WTH? on hearing the decided-upon name.

      "If you are sure you understand everything that is going on around you, you are hopelessly confused." Walter Mondale

      by klompendanser on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 07:32:30 AM PDT

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      •  whoops, should have mentioned the Harpers (2+ / 0-)
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        Jim H, Land of Enchantment

        article was from 1858 (I don't have the exact month handy, but it was in a bound Vol. covering May-Nov 1858).

        "If you are sure you understand everything that is going on around you, you are hopelessly confused." Walter Mondale

        by klompendanser on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 07:33:58 AM PDT

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