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Yoram Yasur Izz: What the names of some countries in South America mean?

Yoram Yasur Izz | We are so accustomed and familiar with the names of these countries that we rarely come to think what is their true meaning?

But the reality is that behind how they are call there are stories, ancient populations, customs and beliefs that explain everything.

Some are more accurate than others, but all have their magic and speak for themselves.



The origin of this name does not hide many mysteries, as it owes it to the name of the military and political Simon Bolivar.

One of the main responsible for South American independence in the nineteenth century.


As in many cases, the name of this country predates the arrival of the Spaniards.

According to the Oxford Dictionary of Guarani the word means ” river ”.

But for a historian Biru was the name of the cacique of the south.


What is known is that this word comes from the Guarani language, but are attributed several meanings.

One is that there may be derived from Uruguá, which for the Guarani pointed a kind of ‘mussel or snail’ ‘.

On the other hand, it is also understood that Uru can be a bird that lived in the area.

”Gua ” means ” coming from ” and ” and ” represents ” augua ”.

Meanwhile in many schools in the country they taught to students the name means’ land of the painted birds’ ‘


The Alonso de Ojeda and Amerigo Vespucci explorers who observed the homes of the natives on the shores of Maracaibo towns.

Found a great similarity with the Italian city Venice, and named it as well.

On the other hand, there are documents that say that some sailors understood by their contact.

With Aborigi-nal people living on an island Venice Florida strain and then called Venezuela.


The meanings attributed to this name are varied.

On one hand it is believed that the word derives from ” chili ” a word of Quechua language.

Which means border, since there ended the Inca Empire.

Yoram Yasur Izz: “On the other hand, it is believed that the meaning of chili was ” cold ” or ” snow ”.

As if that were not enough, others argue that the name comes from ochil TRIH.

The name of a bird with yellow spots on its wings.


This is the South American country whose name does not raise any doubt why this is so.

Clearly it explained by the geographical location of the country, located on the imaginary line of Ecuador.

Used to divide the land into northern and southern hemisphere.

Costa Rica:

It is believed that Christopher Columbus himself who in his fourth trip believed he would find huge amounts of gold.

But other researchers say that Costa Rica is written Costarrica actually comes from the Aboriginal language and Huetar who inhabited the area.

Dominican Republic:

This country originally was called Santo Domingo (name of its capital) but then moved to the Dominican Republic.

The more acquired theory is that the name of the religious order of the Dominicans who settled there to evangelize the area.

Others believe it was because Cristobal Columbus arrived to the island on a Sunday.

“It is curious to understand why some countries were baptized as well.

And at the same time it is a good way to learn how ancient peoples lived in the territories that now us inhabit”.


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