Vol. 60 No. 2 (2012)
Research Article

Returning to Missouri

Published 2012-06-01


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A clean analysis of a place name as important in geography and history as ‘Missouri’ is concisely presented here in order to correct a mistake in an earlier work on the same name. While a brief correction of that mistake was published, this readily accessible article with the correct etymology of the name will benefit all who come in search of its origin and meaning.


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