How the Amazon River Got Its Name
An illustration depicting the story of how the Amazon River allegedly got its name created for a hypothetical non-fiction picture book on The Amazon River. Created in 2019 using watercolor and Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils. Related text:
The Amazon River was named by the Spanish explorer, Francisco de Orellano. Four hundred years ago, Francisco travelled down the river in search of food and supplies. He and his men fought with tribes of local people living along the river. During one battle, they fought a group of tall, powerful female warriors. The women reminded Francisco of stories from Greek mythology about women warriors called Amazons. He named the river The Amazon after the ancient Greek female warriors.