Geography Quiz / Capitals of South America, etymologically speaking

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Named after the country, which itself was named after a type of wood, or the glowing embers from the wood.The city was proposed by José Bonifácio in 1827 to the General Assembly, but not enacted. Legend: St Don Bosco had a dream in 1883 in which he described a futuristic city that roughly fitted the modern capital's location.
Name was a shortened form of the city's first two names, referring to the Fair Winds.Originally the fair winds were the winds that brought the sailors there, later they referred to the area of a hill overlooking the city, as it was free of the foul smell from the swampland, prevalent in the old city.
The city originally called 'Bacatá' (which means “planted fields”) by the Muiscas.
Named after the valley populated by indigenous people.1567: Captain Diego de Losada y Osorio founded the City of 'Santiago de Leon De ______, incorporating the native word, or a slurring of it, for the valley.
Named after Saint James, son of Zebedee, the patron saint of Spain.
Comes from Limaq, meaning 'talker' in coastal Quechua, after an oracle.
Named for Our Lady of Peace.
Name means Assumption, after the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.
Several explanations for the origins of the name, but all agree that the first part refers to a hill situated across the bay, both of the same name.The most widespread belief, rejected by most experts: Together with the first part it means 'I saw a mount,' supposedly uttered by a sailor; some denying the sailor story, still accept the relation to the word for 'see'; alternatively it may refer to the VI (6th) mount observable on the coast; some hold it was derived from Saint Ovidius
Named for the indigenous tribe living at the mouth of the river.Name means 'large river' + 'inhabitants.'
Named after the King of England in 1812.
Named after the indigenous tribe that occupied the area and formed a commercial center.

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