What was Brazil called before Brazil?
Portugal’s new possession was initially called Vera Cruz (“True Cross”), but it was soon renamed Brazil because of the copious amounts of brazilwood (pau-brasil) found there that yielded a valuable red dye.
When was Brazil given its name?
The first reference of the land as Brazil dates back to between 1506 and 1509 when an explorer referred to the area as Terra do Brasil (land of the Brazil). In 1516, the King of Portugal delegated a Governor of the Parts of Brazil, making this the first official designation of the country’s name.
What is the national animal of Brazil?
|Country||Name of animal||Scientific name (Latin name)|
|Botswana||Plains zebra||Equus quagga|
|Belize||Baird’s tapir (national animal)||Tapirus bairdii|
|Keel-billed toucan (national bird)||Ramphastos sulfuratus|
|Brazil||Rufous-bellied thrush (national bird)||Turdus rufiventris|