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Ozark secrets: what you don't see on Netflix

Love Exploring Logo By Elizabeth Chorney-Booth of Love Exploring | Slide 3 of 26: Unlike many oddly-named places in the US, the name Ozark isn’t a reference to an early colonialist’s surname, although its roots are in colonialism. It’s believed to be a misspelling of the words Aux Arc, which was a French trading post in the area in the 1700s. The phase translates to “with bows”, likely a reference to the Quapaw people, who were also known as the Bow Indians. Either way, there’s still a campground on the Lake of the Ozarks that bears the Aux Arc name.

Its name is French

Unlike many oddly-named places in the US, the name Ozark isn’t a reference to an early colonialist’s surname, although its roots are in colonialism. It’s believed to be a misspelling of the words Aux Arc, which was a French trading post in the area in the 1700s. The phase translates to “with bows”, likely a reference to the Quapaw people, who were also known as the Bow Indians. Either way, there’s still a campground on the Lake of the Ozarks that bears the Aux Arc name.

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