Why was France called France?
French belongs to the family of romance languages, that is, originated on the basis of the Latin language, which was spoken in Ancient Rome. The name "Francia" in Latin means…

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Five of the most dangerous animal species on our planet
We often judge the danger of an animal that lives far from our home by reading books and memorable cartoons in childhood. For example, in India there are evil cobras,…

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Salou restaurants – a pleasant introduction to Spanish cuisine
The popular Spanish resort of Salou, located on the Costa Dorada, welcomes hundreds of thousands of tourists every year, who are attracted by Golden beaches and numerous entertainment, clean Mediterranean…

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Why was Brazil named Brazil?

The official name of the country is the Federal Republic of Brazil.

Originally, after the discovery of this South American country in 1500 by the Portuguese Navigator Pedro Cabral, it was called Terra da Vera Cruz, which means the Land of the True cross.

A little later, the first Portuguese settlers discovered a tree in the coastal rainforests that resembled the famous “fire tree” (in Portuguese, pau-brasil), which was brought to Europe by Arab merchants. A very expensive red paint was made from the wood of the” Brazil tree”.

Later it turned out that the Arabs used another tree growing in Asia. Nevertheless, the paint “Brazil” in huge quantities poured from the newly discovered country to Europe, and soon the whole country was called Brazil.

There is another version of the origin of the country’s name, which is less common. In Irish myths, the mysterious island of high Brazil, or O’brasil, is mentioned somewhere in the vastness of the Atlantic ocean. Supporters of this version claim that the ancient Celts sailed to Brazil long before Columbus discovered America, but there is no information about such trips.

 

The climate in Phuket
Phuket island is located in a tropical zone in the South-West of Thailand, so the climate is warm and humid. Monsoon winds blow here most of the year. It is…

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Why are there so many Chinese?
Indeed, the population of the people's Republic of China alone (and Chinese people live outside its borders) has already exceeded 1.3 billion people and continues to grow. However, it is…

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The main pros and cons of flights with transfers
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What is the richest country in the world?
Oddly enough, the richest countries in the world are not the largest, but rather the opposite. What is the richest country in the world? According to the International monetary Fund,…

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