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Archaeologists unearthed the stones of the Valongo Wharf in 2011 in Rio's old center. Their remarkable discovery focused attention on the history of the slave trade in Rio, which received more than 1.8 million African slaves through the 19th century, more than any other city in the Americas, outranking places like Charleston, S.C.; Kingston, Jamaica; and Salvador in northeast Brazil. Until it was buried under more elegant docks to receive Brazil's new empress from Europe, the wharf functioned until the 1840's as part of a complex including "fattening houses" on Valongo Street and a teeming slave market where traders sold children brought on ships that sailed across the Atlantic from Angola. Authorities in Rio sought to overhaul the old port area to coincide with the 2016 Olympics, installing a light-rail system and a walking circuit through streets where slaves were once sold. I wrote about Rio's slave past in 2014?and returned to the area this month. Nearby, the futuristic Museum of Tomorrow and an Olympic Boulevard festooned with murals still draw pedestrians. But skyscrapers and hotels built near the port are now largely vacant. Graft scandals are casting scrutiny on politicians accused of looting money from revitalization projects. Funding cuts have hit a pioneering institute created atop a dumping ground where thousands of dead slaves were buried. Squatters persist in cavernous buildings around the wharf; homeless people live on the surrounding sidewalks; addicts consume crack. Even during the day, the dilapidated area has a haunting feeling, as if the Rio's leadership preferred to avoid this chapter in the city's history.
Río después del palo de agua de anoche
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Silo No. 5.
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Sometimes the jungle fights back in Rio. Sometimes the jungle takes a hit.
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"No Brasil tem pobre que mataria outro pobre pela oportunidade de comer as migalhas de um rico"
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São Francisco de Assis Teaching Hospital. Rio.
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Praça Rubén Darío.
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Avenida Niemeyer this morning. Rio
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Exclusive Lift. Still perplexed by signs like this one in Rio.
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The cats of the Rio Bureau, Raúl and Caju, calmly guarding a box eyed by the movers, perusing the latest headlines about Brasília's scandals, glimpsing at a gibi (comic book) about astronauts.