Date: Mon, 13 Mar 1995 00:48:59 CST
From: "Donald M. Lance" ENGDL[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MIZZOU1.BITNET
Subject: Re: Ar-Kansas
Arkansawyers speak of the Arkansaw River, though Arkansans might hesitate.
Kansans refer to the ArKANsas River, as well as to the town of ArKANsas
City KS, of course. Will Clinton change his pronunciation to Dole's?
Marquette started it all by writing "AKANSEA" beside some symbols representing
teepees opposite the mouth of the Arkansas River. This is another case of
the French tendency to add -s when referring to groups of people, the -s
then being retained. An -r- intruded too. Marquette went down the
Mississippi (which he called the Conception) to the mouth of the Arkansas
in 1673. He entered the Mississippi via the Wisconsin R but returned
to Lac des Ilinois (Lake Michigan ) via the Illinois R. DMLance