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The origins of place names

· Every name of every place, which we so often use without thinking, has its own long history, of battles and discoveries. Sometimes we forget that the present is the result of millions of people from the past who dedicated their lives to make possible the world that we see today. ·

THE ALPS The huge snowy peaks inspired the Gauls and Romans to call them by the Celtic word alb, or the Latin word albus, both meaning white. THE AMAZON Since the ancient Greeks, explorers have searched for Amazon tribes and legendary female warriors. During Francisco de Orellana’s exploration of the Andes in the 16th Century,…