Africa is the third largest continent on the planet and its name corresponds to the word used by the ancient Romans to refer to all the countries south of the Mediterranean ( Afri ).

When the man was expanding the territory that he inhabited and discovering new regions, he had to give them a name. He sometimes designated them with some geographical characteristic or with that of its inhabitants, and thus the names of continents or countries were born that have lasted until today. In this article we are going to explain where the word Africa comes from, what its origin is and why it is called that.

After Asia and America, Africa is the largest continent. It is located for the most part in the warm zone. Its name comes precisely from that characteristic, because for the ancient Greeks that territory was synonymous with heat and abundant Sun, from where the fiery winds came. Africa derives from words that mean sunny, without cold and Sun of powerful rays.