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For example, 'Carioca' the word used to describe people born in the city of Rio de Janeiro, is from the indigenous word for 'house of the white people ' . One exception to this are the Chibcha speakers, whose ancestry comes from both North and South America. When the Portuguese explorers first arrived in Brazil in Aprilthey found, to their astonishment, a wide coastline rich in resources, teeming with hundreds of thousands of Indigenous people living in a "paradise" of natural riches. Portuguese claims of tribal warfare, cannibalismand the pursuit of Amazonian brazilwood for its treasured red dye convinced the Portuguese that they should "civilize" the natives originally, colonists called Brazil Terra de Santa Cruzuntil later it acquired its name see List of meanings of countries' names from brazilwood. Articles with Portuguese-language external links Webarchive template wayback links Use dmy dates from July "Related ethnic groups" needing confirmation Articles containing Portuguese-language text All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from February Articles with unsourced statements from September In a dynamic that continues to this day, the indigenous population was at constant odds with the peasants, who the Indians felt had invaded their lands in search of treasure. Bythe population of Brazil had reached approximately 3. Retrieved from " https: The origins of these indigenous people are still a matter of dispute among archaeologists.