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The Amazon rainforest | © Brazilian things
The Amazon rainforest | © Brazilian things

The Story Behind How the Amazon Rainforest Got Its Name

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Updated: 2 November 2017
The Amazon rainforest is one of the world’s most impressive and important natural habitats. Covering most of the Amazon basin, the forest encompasses an area of 5.5 million square kilometres with 60% of its total in Brazil. This sprawling jungle has long been of fascination to mankind, including the first explorers who allegedly gave it its name. Here’s the story behind how this huge rainforest was named the Amazon.

It is widely believed that the Amazon got its name due to a conflict between the Spanish explorer, Francisco de Orellana, and a native Amazon tribe, known as Tapuyas.

The Amazon rainforest
The Amazon rainforest | © Brazilian things

Orellana was the first known