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Top 9 Interesting Facts About Rio de Janeiro

#3. It served as the capital of the Portuguese Empire for almost seven years

 It served as the capital of the Portuguese Empire for almost seven years

During Napoleon’s invasion of Portugal, Portuguese nobles moved to Rio de Janeiro and made the beautiful city their capital. It became the first city outside of Europe to be considered a European capital. Because there was not enough time to build new houses for the gentry, many locals were kicked out of their homes to make room.

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