How Did the Country Peru Get It's Name?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The etymology of Peru:

    [1] The word Peru is derived from Birú, the name of a local ruler who lived near the Bay of San Miguel, Panama, in the early 16th century.

    [2] When his possessions were visited by Spanish explorers in 1522, they were the southernmost part of the New World yet known to Europeans

    [3] Thus, when Francisco Pizarro explored the regions farther south, they came to be designated Birú or Peru.

    [4] The Spanish Crown gave the name legal status with the 1529 Capitulación de Toledo, which designated the newly encountered Inca Empire as the province of Peru.

    [5] Under Spanish rule, the country adopted the denomination Viceroyalty of Peru, which became Republic of Peru after independence.


    [1] Lubow, Arthur (June 24, 2007). The Possessed (English) 10. New York Times. Retrieved on July 14 2007.

    [2] Porras Barrenechea, Raúl. El nombre del Perú. Lima: Talleres Gráficos P.L. Villanueva, 1968, p. 83.

    [3] Raúl Porras Barrenechea, El nombre del Perú, p. 84.

    [4] Raúl Porras Barrenechea, El nombre del Perú, p. 86.

    [5] Raúl Porras Barrenechea, El nombre del Perú, p. 87.

  • 4 years ago


  • You got it... Biru

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