Brazil, before it was Brazil


Brazil has had eight names to date: Pindorama (its indigenous name); Ilha de Vera Cruz, in 1500; Terra Nova, in 1501; Terra dos Papagaios, in 1501; Terra de Vera Cruz, in 1503; Terra de Santa Cruz, in 1503; Terra Santa Cruz do Brasil, in 1505; Terra do Brasil, in 1505. It was only shortened to Brasil in 1527.  From 1891 to 1969 the official name of the country was the United States of Brasil before becoming, in 1969, the República Federativa do Brasil (Federal Republic of Brazil).


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