Tropical Scene, Brazil

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You are here looking at a mountain just back of Rio de Janeiro (r´ d zhå-n´ r). It is called Santa Theresa Mountain. It is not a high mountain, but from its top one can have a wonderful view. At its foot lies the capital city of Brazil. Beyond the city is the harbor almost encircled by land. You can see a part of Rio, the harbor, and the hills beyond. But the mountain has beauties of its own. Its clumps of sub-tropical trees; its white houses, perched on its slopes; its cooling winds-these are restful to the tired city dweller. It is easy for the people of Rio to get to the top of this mountain. A cable railway runs over it, and directly to the heart of the city. There is a fine hotel on the way up the mountain. There is one thing of interest here to the student of history. Three hundred years ago the Jesuit priests built an aqueduct (k´ w-dkt) down the mountain. It carried water to the city from springs on the slopes. It still carries water to Rio. But there are many other aqueducts to help it now; for Rio is a city of a million people. Brazil is a large country. It is almost as large as the Dominion of Canada, and has 3 times as many people as Canada has. It would make about 60 states the size of Michigan. It lies mostly in the tropics. The Equator crosses its northern part. This section is drained by the Amazon River and its tributaries. Along the Amazon much of our raw rubber is gathered. On the southeastern coast coffee is the chief crop. Four of its states produce two-thirds of the world's supply of coffee. The natural wealth of Brazil has scarcely been touched. It has rich forests that have hardly been explored. With the exception of a few states, agriculture has scarcely begun. Manufacturing is yet in its infancy. Keystone ID: 21851 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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