Colonial slave port excavated in Brazil

Published on January 26th, 2012 | by Admin

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One of the busiest slave ports in the Americas has been uncovered in Rio de Janerio after being buried for almost 200 years.

Not far from here at least 500,000 Africans took their first steps into slavery in colonial Brazil, which took in far more slaves than the United States and where now half of its 200 million citizens claim African descent.

The “Cais do Valongo” – the Valongo Wharf – was the busiest of all slave ports in the Americas and has been buried for almost two centuries under subsequent infrastructure projects and dirt.

That is, until developers seeking to turn Rio’s shabby port neighborhood into a posh tourist center allowed teams of archaeologists to check out what was being unearthed.

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Story: Taylor Barnes, Christian Science Monitor | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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