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Canaries were named after dogs (sort of!)

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It all has to do with the Canary Islands.

The wild canary is native to the Canary Islands, as well as the Azores, and Madeira. In the 17th Century, the first canaries bred in captivity were brought to Europe by Spanish sailors, becoming popular pets for the English and Spanish nobility.

The Canary Islands were named not after the yellow birds, but after dogs. In Latin, Canariae Insulae means…



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Raluca Enescu

Small charity manager; workers’ rights advocate; data cruncher; purveyor of pretty graphs. Writing in History of Yesterday, Illumination and The Daily Cuppa.