Sao Paulo, Brazil

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Just south of Rio de Janeiro (r´ d zhä-n´ r) near the coast of Brazil you can find on your map of South America the city of Sao Paulo (são pou´ l). Brazil is made up of 20 states, and Sao Paulo is one of these. The city of Sao Paulo is the capital of the state of the same name. It was founded and named by the Portuguese, and its name means "St. Paul". Sao Paulo is in the heart of the greatest coffee-growing district in the world. Rich coffee planters live in its beautiful suburbs. Banks and business houses of foreign countries may be found here. It is also a railroad center. You can board the train at Sao Paulo and go to Santos, the nearest port, 28 miles southwest, or to the Parana River 250 miles inland, or southward a third of the distance to Uruguay (´ r-gw). It is a thriving city of 450,000 people. The street pictured here is one of the most interesting. It is in the business section, which is the oldest part of the city. In the newer parts of Sao Paulo the streets are wide. But the Portuguese who laid out the old city were used only to narrow streets. This street is called the "Rua 15th of November." It is a queer name for a street but it means much to the people there. Of course "Rua" means street, and the 15th of November is Independence Day in Brazil. There are many coffee-houses in Sao Paulo. These are little inns in which coffee is served. Coffee is the chief subject of conversation. The smell of coffee is everywhere. You would need to be in the city only a few minutes to learn what its chief product is. The city of Sao Paulo is on the Tropic of Capricorn. What is this? How many degrees south of the Equator is it? Name all the things in the picture that make it look modern. All that make it look old-fashioned. Keystone ID: 21847 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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