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    Aegean Ionian League Carians May Have Founded Carioca Later Named Rio de Janeiro

    The name of Carioca, later named Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), is from the ancient Tupi language name for the river there, Kara’i oka, the language almost lost now, but oka means house, supposedly house of the “white man” (Kara) for the Portuguese in the 1500’s, but more likely from the Carians of the Ionian League (oika means household in greek) during the iron age, Theopompus of Chios  (circa 600 b.c.) having written of voyages to a far westerly continent.

     

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