RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - The name Búzios is derived from Portuguese and refers to a shellfish that was common in the area.
Before the Europeans came to explore the area it was inhabited by Indians from the Tupinambás tribes. The first century was a tumultuous one with battles, pirates, and hostile takeovers – just like in Arraial do Cabo it was the trade with the valuable Brazil Wood that was the reason. When there was no more wood in the region the population went over to fishing and agriculture.
Whaling became important during the 18th . . .