Maps are history lessons in disguise: Long ago, the New World's states and regions received their present-day monikers from European explorers, who liked to name new lands after faraway kings, and indigenous tribes, who drew inspiration from geography, myths, or the people who occupied the area. In the maps below—created by Expedia, and spotted by Lonely Planet—you can learn the original meanings behind the names of all the U.S. states and Canadian provinces and territories. (Click for a close-up view.)



[h/t Lonely Planet]