By Beatriz Miranda, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On July 9th, the Valongo Wharf, in Rio's Port Zone, was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Being the largest entry point for African slaves in the Americas, "Cais do Valongo" (its name in Portuguese) is a monument to Rio as an epicenter of the Afro Brazilian culture.

With over 85 million self-declared black people, Brazil is the country with the highest number of Afro-descendants in the Americas. The Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed? Login Here