What is the continent Europe named after?

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HISTORY QUESTION #1175

What is the continent Europe named after?

A figure from Greek mythology

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The continent Europe is named after a figure from Greek mythology. Europa was the daughter of a king, and one day, while she was walking on the beach, she was abducted by Zeus. Zeus liked both ladies and dressing up, so he dressed up like a friendly bull, talked her into jumping onto his back, and swam to Crete with her. In Crete, Europa became the mother of Minos, who later became king of Crete.

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