Were the Canary Islands really named after dogs?
I learn somethin' new every doggone day! I always thought that the Canary Islands were named after those pretty yellow birds but come to find out, the island's name, Islas Canarias, is derived from the Latin term Insula Canaria, meaning “Island of the Dogs.”
The Canary Islands were named by the Ancient Romans who came upon them during an expedition in which they were exploring the African coast. Some say the Romans named the islands after the wild dogs they saw roaming the islands in abundance, while others theorize that the "dogs" were actually a species of Monk Seals. I'm going with the wild dog theory myself.
And those cute little wild birds who are native to the islands? They were named after the islands! So here's how it shakes out: 1. Wild dogs are living on the islands 2. Greeks find the the islands and name them Islas Canarias, after the wild dogs 3. The island's native birds, Canaries, are named after the islands.
However they got their name, the Canary Islands sure look like a place I'd like to visit. Check-out this amazing time lapse video of the skies over the Canary Islands. It's muy relajante!