How did California get its name?
The name “California” came from a knightly romance book that was published in 1510. In the book “Queen Califia” ruled over a country of beautiful black Amazons with lots of pearls and gold. Spanish conquistadors of California thought they found this mythical island in 1535, because they found pearls and the state was named before it was explored.
When explorers were going northward between Mexico and Baja California, they thought that California was an island. Thus it was named for California, the mythical island where the Amazons (warrior women) lived, ruled by their Queen Califa.