Rio Then is a place where I look into the history of the city of Rio de Janeiro, with a slight focus on the years between 1890 and 1930. That is to say, there’s a focus on the Rio before, during and after the Pereira Passos government, when the city went from being called Cidade da Morte (City of Death) to Cidade Maravilhosa (Wonderful City). It’s important to note that as a result of the transformation, though, it’s said that the process was key to the “favelization” of the city — something that can be seen in my posts on favelas.
Why the blog? Well, I enjoy blogging and used to do Eyes On Brazil and occasionally still do Eyes On Recife. Getting to the subect at hand, when you look at how beautiful Rio was in the early 1900s, it’s hard to not want to have lived in that time. As a former resident of Rio during 2 years, I only had my imagination to use when I contemplated how the city used to be…that is, until I started this blog and began researching Rio Then.
Me: An American in Lisbon, endlessly curious about all things Brazil (for 16 years now)
The wonderful header picture can be found here. Unfortunately, I don’t know who took it.