California is a state in the western United States. California is bordered by Oregon to the north, Nevada and Arizona to the east, the Mexican state of Baja California to the south; and it has a coastline along the Pacific Ocean to the west. Governor Gavin Newsom has recently been criticized for calling California a “nation-state” in his briefings and hearings. Is California a nation-state? Recently, the New York Times asked me to comment on Newsom's use of the term, and I wrote the following memo to the Times that resulted in an article on the subject.
There's nothing wrong with using this term colloquially, especially if you're also willing to say that Texas is a nation-state and maybe even New York or Pennsylvania. Certainly, of all American states, it is best equipped to be a country on its own with its large territory bounded by ocean, mountains and desert, and it has a disproportionate impact on the rest of the world, since it is the fifth largest economy, smaller than the United States as a whole, China, Japan and Germany, but bigger than India, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Brazil, Canada and Russia. California exists vividly in the American imagination and in the minds of Californians. Certainly, no other state has a better claim to the term.
California, constituent state of the United States of America. It was admitted as the 31st state in the union on September 9, 1850, and in the early 1960s it was the most populous state in the United States. UU. No version of the origin of California's name has been fully accepted, but there is broad support for the claim that it derived from a Spanish novel from the early 16th century, Las Sergas de Esplandián (“The Adventures of Esplandian”), which described a paradise island full of gold and precious stones called California.
The influence of Spanish settlers in the 18th and 19th centuries is evident in California's architecture and place names. The Colorado River aqueduct on the Arizona border transports water from that river through the desert and mountains of Southern California to serve the Los Angeles metropolitan area.