Rio de Janeiro History. Beautiful sunset at Rio de Janeiro.

Rio de Janeiro History

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The city of São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro, how it was called back then, was founded on March 1st, 1565 by Estácio de Sá, who disembarked somewhere between the mountains Cara de Cão and Pão de Açúcar.

Rio de Janeiro was considered the most populous city in Brazil by the second half of the 17th century with about 30 thousand residents, what brought a fundamental importance to the city in the colonial age.

Capital of Brazil

The capital was transferred from Salvador to Rio de Janeiro in 1763 thanks to Marques de Pombal because now Rio had a high economical value after gold and diamonds were found at Minas Gerais, making Rio an important port for selling and buying.
Rio de Janeiro stayed as capital until 1960, when the government was transferred to Brasília, the built-up city.
It’s now the second biggest city in Brazil, losing only to São Paulo.

Important Events in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro was the stage for great events of the history of Brazil such as the arrival of the royal family of Portugal after they escaped from Napoleon Bonaparte, on 1808; the declaration of Brazil’s independence on September 7th, 1822; the Proclamation of the Republic on November 15th, 1889 and some civil revolutions, such as revolta da vacina, between November 10 and 16, 1904, revolta da chibata, from November 22th to 27th, 1910 and also revolta dos 18 do forte de Copacabana, July 5th, 1922.


Nowadays, Rio de Janeiro, also known as Wonderful city, is the land of Samba, beaches, fun and beautiful people who squander happiness. The land of Carnaval, the biggest party on Earth and also the city that had two important events in the world: World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games, in 2016.

Rio de Janeiro is also the city where you can find the Portuguese School Rio & Learn, the perfect place to learn Portuguese while having fun and learning about the Brazilian language and culture.

Rio de Janeiro History. Timeline of the history of Rio de Janeiro from its origin.


1565 – Arrival of Estácio de Sá at Rio de Janeiro.
1763 – Rio de Janeiro becomes the capital of Brazil.
1808 – The royal family of Portugal arrives at Rio de Janeiro.
1822 – Declaration of Brazil’s independence.
1889 – Proclamation of the Republic.
1904 – Revolta da Vacina
1910 – Revolta da Chibata
1922 – Revolta dos 18 do Forte de Copacabana

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A História do Rio de Janeiro

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