Celebrate Queen Calafia! The State of California is named after her. Welcome her back to our State! Queen Calafia is an Amazon Queen of Legend, written about in the 1500's. She lived on an island, in the pacific, and reigned with amazon women warriors, riding Griffins to battle, and winning many wars. When Cortez came upon Baja land mass, he came upon what he presumed was an island,. He named this land mass California, after this fabled warrior woman, Calafia.