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Just curious, Amazon also appears in Greek mythology, but does it refer to the same Amazon in South America?


Native speaker’s answer


There is a connection! The Amazon Rainforest is named after the Amazon River. A Spanish explorer named Francisco de Orellana discovered the river. His expedition was attacked by South-American natives with long hair, which inspired him to name the river "Rio Amazonas" (Amazon River) because the natives reminded him of the Amazons from Greek mythology.

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