The indigenous tribes of old Rio and the names that stay with us

Tupinambá tribes were part of the wider Tupi ethnic group and lived in settlements that usually consisted of 200-600 individuals, but due to the particularly rich fishing around Guanabara Bay, some reports suggest populations of up to 2,000 in some “villages."

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Most people are vaguely aware of the fact that indigenous tribes lived in Rio de Janeiro before the arrival of the Portuguese, but few people know much about them or are aware that many places name in Metropolitan Rio de Janeiro are based on the Tupi language, some even on specific villages that existed in the neighborhoods that now bear their names.

The shores of Guanabara bay would obviously have been very different 500 years ago. As of now, the mountains would have been covered in rainforest, but the lowlands would have been a mixture of . . .

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