De Janeiro Brazil History - Way back when
Estácio de Sá in l565 founded Rio he
didn’t have a clue as to how the city would
turn into one of the finest in the world. Back then
it was small and uninhabited. Rio de Janeiro means
the “River of January” and was named after
the infant king of Portugal.
During the seventeenth century the
sugar cane economy brought new wealth to Rio, though
the city remained poorly developed.
Royal patronage allowed the arts
and sciences to flourish, and Rio then became prosperous
with more and more people moving into the area.
However, by the late nineteenth century,
Rio had lost much of its mercantilist colonial flavour
and started to develop as a modern city. Gone were
the simple days of their yesteryear. It took a while
but the people got used to it and now it is one of
the largest, most prosperous cities in the world.
People come from all over the world to play on its
famous beaches and bask in its glory.