By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On September 9th, the vice mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Adilson Pires and Paris's deputy mayor for sports and tourism, Jean-François Martins officially inaugurated a monument in Praça XV to the first photograph taken in South America.

The image is of Paço Imperial and is a daguerreotype that was captured in January of 1840, by Louis Comte, a chaplain of the French training ship L'Oriental. The French frigate is said to have been harbored in Rio de Janeiro as part of the Naval School . . .

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