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Brasília, 50 Years as the Capital

By Davi Baldussi, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - Fifty years ago the region where Brazil’s capital, Brasília, exists, was a barren plain known as Planalto Central (Central Plateau). Today more than 2.5 million people live there, the fourth largest city in Brazil.

The capital of Brazil before this was Rio de Janeiro (1763-1960) and before then it was located in Salvador (1549-1763). The idea of building a new capital in the center of the country had been idealized as early as 1891, however, it was only in 1956 that the construction began to take form . . .

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