Rio De Janeiro

Rio De Janeiro Photo Journal

These are but just a few of the 424 photos in our Rio De Janeiro photo journal, which includes photos from the surrounding countryside.  To view the entire photo journal, click one of the links below.  To see a full size of one of these pictures, simply click the photo that you like.

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Perhaps no other city in the world has a reputation as festive and ritzy as this one.  With a name synonymous with "carnaval", Rio de Janeiro has maintained its spirit of celebration and the beauty of its ethereal location through difficult times, and continues to attract people from around the world.
Gaspar de Lemos set sail from Portugal to Brazil in 1501 and entered a huge bay in January 1502.  Mistaking it for a river, he named it Rio de Janeiro.  It was the French, however, who first settled here.  The Portuguese, like the French, harvested wood along the Brazilian coast and as its colonization began to take hold, the French were pushed out.  It was a typical Brazilian town: poorly planned and with irregular streets, in medieval Portuguese style.  By the end of the century the settlement was getting by on fishing and the export of wood and sugar cane.

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