The Canary Islands are named after which animals?
The Canary Islands is derived from the Latin name Canariae Insulae, meaning "Islands of the Dogs." According to historians, the Mauretanian king Juba II named the island Canaria because it contained "vast multitudes of dogs of very large size". It is said that the original inhabitants of the island, Guanches, used to worship dogs, mummified them, and treated dogs as holy animals. The connection to dogs is retained in their depiction on the islands' coat-of-arms. What is certain is that the name of the islands does not derive from the canary bird; rather, the birds are actually named after the islands.
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