Category Archive: History

Famous names in Rio’s English Cemetery

One of the more distinguished officers of the British Navy buried in the English cemetery at Gamboa is Sir Michael Seymour, 1st Baronet, KCB. After a long career in the navy, he became… Continue reading

Rio’s Bondes (Tramcars)

Rio was the first city in South America to have trams, originally animal drawn. Later they were electrified, and served most areas of the city. For a short history see the following article… Continue reading

Rio’s elevated highways – the fate of the “Elevado da Perimetral”

Elevated highways or expressways are common in cities around the world, usually built to be pleasing to the eye, and almost always impressive – see for instance the complex in Birmingham, UK, that… Continue reading

Tiradentes, Landfills and Presbyterians

The commemorations began in 2009, marking the arrival from Baltimore, Maryland, of a 26-year-old Princeton graduate. After 56 days at sea on board the North American sailing vessel “Banshee,” on August 12, 1859, the Rev. Ashbel Green Simonton arrived at Praça Mauá.