Did you know Rio de Janeiro was once Portugal's capital?

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Did you know Rio de Janeiro was once Portugal's capital?
Published on 9th March 2018

If you’ve been reading our blog posts lately you must think “whoah, so many great things about Portugal that I didn’t know of”, and now you are wondering if they are all true. Right?

Fact check all you want, here comes more amazing true facts about this beautiful country.

Salazar did escape the WW II but no one in Europe could ever escape Napoleonic invasions. Back in 1807 Napoleon forces arrived in Lisbon. Since Portugal was hand in hand with the United Kingdom, we saw it coming. 

By escaping to Brazil, the Portuguese Royal family established an exile government in Rio de Janeiro. In 1808 those recent events made Rio de Janeiro the Portuguese Capital. 

This meant huge changes within what used to be a small colonial capital. Rio de Janeiro had to provide the Royal lifestyle to the Portuguese Court. Over time, Rio de Janeiro became a luxurious heaven with elegance and sophistication. The city doubled rents, taxes were rising, the population was increasing, and infrastructures were improved. 

Nowadays, Rio de Janeiro is no longer Portugal’s capital nor is it Brazil’s capital. But you knew that right? That Brazil’s capital is Brasilia. Yes, exactly.

Can I just add a small tip? If you are trying to learn Portuguese, try to do it with a Brazilian teacher, we speak the same language (Portuguese and Brazilians both speak Portuguese) but their accent is much cooler and easier to understand.

Mariana Vieira
After Sales Manager
Portugal Homes

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