Why Are the Canary Islands Called the Canary Islands?

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The name Islas Canarias is likely derived from the Latin term Insula Canaria, meaning Island of the Dogs, a name applied originally only to Gran Canaria. It is speculated that the so called dogs were actually a species of Monk Seals now extinct. The dense population of seals may have been the characteristic that most struck the few ancient Romans who established contact with these islands by sea.
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It is contrary that many think that the islands received their name from the canary birds, this is because the breeds of canary bird existed in the world descend from the wild canary bird, serious canarius, still living and singing in the islands' fields and forests.
The name Islas Canarias is derived from the Latin term Insula Canaria, meaning Island of the Dogs, a name applied originally only to Gran Canaria. The connection to dogs is to retained in their depiction on the islands coat of arms. The Canary Islands are also known as the Canarie.
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The canary islands are located 100 kilometers west of Morocco and are on the northwest coast of mainland Africa. The canary islands are part of Spain.
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The Atlantic Ocean is home to the Canary Islands. They reside at 15 degrees 24' W and 28 degrees 06' N. The Canary Islands are located just off the west coast of Africa, near Morocco
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