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14. What is the origin of the word “hurricane”?

There are several theories about the origin of the word “hurricane”, according to the dictionary, is a word of Taino origin, referring to the name of the aboriginal people who lived in the Antilles and the Bahamas when the expedition of Christopher Columbus arrived at these islands. It is also repeated that the Mayans used the word “Hurankén” as the name of a creator god, who spread his breath through the turbulent waters at the beginning of the creation of the Earth. The Quechuas used the name “Hurakan” to refer to the god of thunder and storms. Neither Columbus nor his son nor Bartolomé de las Casas, first chroniclers from the Americas, used the word hurricane, but they did narrate dangerous and enduring storms that should be.
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