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Exploring African Culture in Rio

By Dorien Boxhoorn and Brennan Stark, Contributing Reporters

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazil lies so heavy with African influence that the term "Afro-Brazilian" is almost redundant.  Indeed, in no other country outside the African continent is the influence of African culture so heavy, and since much of Africa shares a colonial history with Brazil, it is particularly well represented.

Between 1532 and 1888, about four million African slaves were shipped to Brazil, with two million of them entering through the port of Rio de Janeiro. Most of these slaves came from what is now Angola, Congo and Mozambique.

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