Citizen, Home Buyer in Comite de Familias de...

Why is the name in spanish when the area is actuality located in the USA ???? Oh come ON now.

Asked by Citizen, Comite de Familias de Accion, Mesa, AZ Thu May 17, 2012

It's highly inappropriate. My ancestors have fought in every possible war we ever had and I have to look at a Mesa area, where I grew up by the way, named in SPANISH ? Who approved THAT ?

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Conmisa, Home Owner, Cleveland, OH
Fri Jun 1, 2012
If you studied your history you would know that Arizona, New Mexico, California, Texas
where Mexican territory before the US decided to go West and make our USA border to border
we also have allot of Indian names - so what is the problem

English was not the native tongue. Beside - Christopher Columbus would not have found the Americas
if it weren't for the spanish - although I'm sure native indians wish they never helped the white man
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Ron Thomas, Agent, Fresno, CA
Fri May 18, 2012
What is this; reverse discrimination?

In New Orleans we have French street names.
In Miami we have Cuban street names.
In Boston, they even have English street names!
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Mike Garcia, Agent, Mesa, AZ
Fri May 18, 2012
You do not have to buy in that area unless you want to. That's what great about have a choice. Considering english is a blend of several languages, it's not too unusual to find areas, words or street names of different languages. For example, did you realize the word zero is actually from Arabic. Or, RSVP when responding to an invitation is from French.
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Ann Griffin, Agent, Mesa, AZ
Fri May 18, 2012
Before 1539, the inhabitants of Arizona were Native Americans. The first Europeans here were Spanish, and they travelled into Arizona from 1539 to 1602, finally establishing a permanent settlement in Arizona around 1636.

In 1850, most of present-day Arizona became part of the new US Territory of New Mexico; the southern strip was added by the Gadsden Purchase in 1853. As you know, we've been a state for 100 years, and part of the USA for about 160 years. The Spanish were here for over 300 years before that.

So Spanish is part of our heritage and one we should be proud of and embrace.
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Shawn Jeffer…, , Mesa, AZ
Fri May 18, 2012
You know Mesa is Spanish for table...right?

Also a little info on "Arizona".

The name Arizona is the Spanish interpretation of "arizuma," an Aztec Indian word that means "silver-bearing." It's also based on the Pima Indian word arizonac, meaning "little spring place." Many state names trace their origin to native American Indian languages. See 50 States - Name Origins.
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Roland Vinya…, Agent, Sprakers, NY
Fri May 18, 2012
Huh? If we eliminate Spanish names (remember, they were in Arizona first, in fact they used to own it 'bout a hunerd years ago), we should also get rid of all the inappropriate Indian names that plague our landscape. Maybe the Dutch ones too. How about the English ones - we fought a war with them to become the US and don't like to be reminded of them. And there are some French wants hanging around on certain places where they shouldn't be. And, while we are on the subject, there are lots of places names after individuals who have done nothing to gain our respect other than have something named after them.

Let's stick with only good old American names: Winding Way, Sunset Hills, Riverbend Shores, Longview Manor, things like that.
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Phil Rotondo, Agent, Melbourne, FL
Fri May 18, 2012
"Mesa" is derived from The First Mesa Company that first arrived from Utah and Idaho. Their leaders were named Francis Martin Pomeroy, Charles Crismon, George M. Sirrine and Charles I. Robson.
Is it now highly inappropriate?
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Jeannie Joy…, , Tempe, AZ
Thu May 17, 2012
Your city commisioners (planners) had to approve the name.. That is where you can get your answer,
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