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City Of Gold, Ouro Preto

By Davi Baldussi, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - There was a time Brazil could have been one of the most powerful countries in the world, if, that is, it wasn't a colony of Portugal. During the 18th century Brazil, or more specifically the state of Minas Gerais, was a place where gold could be found almost as easily as a juice store can be today in Rio de Janeiro.

Sadly a great deal of the precious metal - researchers believe almost 1,000 tons - went to Europe. But today in Minas Gerais a visitor can still visit Ouro Preto, 400km . . .

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