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H.L. Mencken (1880–1956). The American Language. 1921.

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beginning to show Stockholms, Venices, Belgrades and Christianias. 56
  The influence of Indian names upon American nomenclature is quickly shown by a glance at the map. No fewer than 26 of the states have names borrowed from the aborigines,  57 and the same thing is true of most of our rivers and mountains, and of large numbers of our towns and counties.  58 There was an effort, at one time, to get rid of these Indian names. Thus the early Virginians changed the name of the Powhatan to the James, and the first settlers in New York changed the name of Horicon to Lake George. In the same way the present name of the White Mountains displaced Agiochook, and New Amsterdam, and later New York, displaced Manhattan, which has been recently revived. The law of Hobson-Jobson made changes in other Indian names, sometimes complete and sometimes