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Rio de Janeiro Food Experience


Andrea Paranhos
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To know a city is to research its origins. In this itinerary we will learn about the history of slavery in Brazil and its African heritage. By order of the Marquês de Lavradio, the slave market in Rio de Janeiro was redirected in 1774 from the Praça XV region in Rio de Janeiro to the Valongo area, where the pier was completed after the arrival of the Portuguese Royal family in 1808, fleeing the war with Napoleon. From 1811 to 1850, Cais do Valongo received around one million enslaved Africans, which made it the largest port for enslaved people in the world. Between 1850 and 1920, the area around the old pier became a space occupied by enslaved or freed blacks from different nations - an area that Heitor dos Prazeres called Little Africa. Grounded in 1904 by Mayor Pereira Passos, the Pier was unveiled in 2011 during the work on Porto Maravilha.

The region concentrated around Pedra do Sal and Largo da Prainha, formerly occupied by dockers due to its proximity to the port, was culturally renewed at the turn of the 19th century with the arrival of black migrants, especially from Bahia and the former coffee areas of the Paraíba Valley. in addition to Portuguese, Italian and Jewish immigrants, becoming the center for the creation of black culture in Rio and the organization of new forms of political mobilization. Around unions, capoeiras, houses of saint, strikes, urban revolts and new musical genres were born. In that context, Samba emerged as a specific genre and gained visibility throughout the country.

Brazil Food Experience suggests authentic cuisine integrated into exclusive travel itineraries and selected hotels. Visit link in bio for online booking packages.

Combine this itinerary by tasting dishes of African origin and carefully prepared by the hands of Casa Omolokum and Quitutes da Luzspacer.png.

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