Fun Fact Friday, Wk 24

Happy Friday All,

You survived the first week of January – hooray !! Here’s your fun fact for this week :

Brazil is the only country to be named after a tree. It derives its name from brazilwood tree.  After Portuguese settlement on the land in 1500, brazilwood trees were harvested for a red-coloured dye which was shipped for use in Europe.

Calling the country ‘Brazil’ followed the Portuguese habit of referring to distant and newly-discovered lands by their commercial product, rather than their ‘given’ name (which in this case was Terra de Santa Cruz).

 

Enjoy your weekend !