Saturday, July 12, 2014

Fact of the Day: Francis City

The capital of New Mexico, Santa Fe means "holy faith" in Spanish. However Santa Fe's name was actually shortened as it was originally a town called "La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Asís" which honored an old saint named Saint Francis of Assisi. 

18 comments:

Alessandra said...

Yeah a bit long for a city name, but sound good when you read it aloud! :-)

Ciao
Alessandra

Mary Kirkland said...

I love your little random facts.

Christine said...

interesting.

Bob Bushell said...

Too long, I'm glad they shortened it.

Kati said...

What a mouthful of a name it was!

-Kati

Stephanie Faris said...

For some reason, this brought to mind the conversation about San Diego from Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy.

Ron Burgundy: Discovered by the Germans in 1904, they named it San Diego, which of course in German means a whale's vagina.
Veronica Corningstone: No, there's no way that's correct.
Ron Burgundy: I'm sorry, I was trying to impress you. I don't know what it means. I'll be honest, I don't think anyone knows what it means anymore. Scholars maintain that the translation was lost hundreds of years ago.
Veronica Corningstone: Doesn't it mean Saint Diego?
Ron Burgundy: No. No.
Veronica Corningstone: No, that's - that's what it means. Really.
Ron Burgundy: Agree to disagree.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I've always been a fan of St Francis of Assisi even though it's pretty clear he was mentally ill. Still a spiritual genius though.

Sakuranko said...

Oh interesting, Mexicans are very religious.

Anna and Klaudia said...

Interesting post :)

Pat Hatt said...

That would be a mouthful to put on a postcard lol

Margaret D said...

That is a very long name, it's no wonder they madeitshorter.

CiCi said...

Good thing they changed the name of the town, and St Francis still gets the headliner position.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

That's quite a long name. Makes sense to shorten it!

CraveCute said...

Interesting fact!

stephen Hayes said...

Didn't know this. Is that painting you've posted a Ribera?

Dascha said...

That is really interesting! I am learning a lot of stuff here ;-)

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Pilar Domínguez said...

Sooooo long the first name; at least they have the short version now. Kisses:)

bj said...

wow...glad they gave it a shorter name.
we are going to Santa Fe in a few days....love that part of New Mexico