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The Origin of the Peru, IL was the founding fathers admired the industrious nature of the inhabitants of Peru. An early act of the legislature set aside Section Sixteen in every township for school purposes. Therefore, when more settlers came to Peru in 1834, the School Commissioners laid out and sold the southwest quarter of Section Sixteen, and called it "Peru." This is said to be the Inca Indian word for "wealth."
Peru, Illinois (population 10,295 2010 census) was settled because it was the starting point of the Illinois & Michigan canal. Before the railroad the preferred method for long-distance travel and shipping was by boat. Travel between St. Louis and Chicago could be done by taking the Illinois river to Peru and then taking the lock & dam canal to Chicago. A series of Illinois cities were named after other waterway cities in New York: Peru, Utica, Seneca, and Lockport. Others say that Peru, the Inca word for wealth, was adopted because in the 1500's Spain colonized the South American country Peru forcing some of the Incas as far North as Illinois. The city was named after these native Americans.
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How did Peru get its name?

They named Peru after the local ruler from Panama named Biru. . Francisco Pizarro, the conqueror of Peru , was the first Spaniard to explore south in "the new world". In 152 (MORE)

Why is Peru named Peru?

It is very possible that the word Peru was chosen by the Spanishexplorers to designate the southern part of their possessions inAmerica. The word sounded very similar to Biru, (MORE)
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Where did Peru get its name?

It got it when its Spanish conquers came to Peru the first time, they asked a fisherman where they were and he told them the name of the river they were in which sounded very (MORE)