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Do you know China is a country named after one particular individual? And so is America and several other countries as well we are going to find out in this post.

China-Emperor Qin

China is named after the first Emperor. China gets its name from Emperor Qin, pronounced “Chin.”

United States of America-Amerigo Vespucci

America is named after this Italian explorer; Vespucci Amerigo.

Colombia-Christopher Columbus

The Italian explorer; Christopher Columbus also has the country Colombia named after him. He is credited for discovering several parts of the world.

Bolivia-Simón Bolívar

Bolivia is named after Simón Bolívar, a Venezuelan military and political leader who campaigned for the independence of many South American countries.

Philippines-Philip II

The Philippines; a country made up of more than 7,600 islands is made named after a Spanish king, Philip II.

Israel-Jacob/Israel

Israel has it named derived from the Biblical figure; Jacob who later has his name changed to Israel after wrestling with an angel in the Bible.

Russia-Rus

Russia is named after Rus (right), one of three mythological brothers who traveled and settled around the world.

Uzbekistan-Öz Beg Khan

The country gets its name from Öz Beg Khan, the longest-reigning leader of the country.

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