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By Davi Baldussi, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The capital of Rio Grande do Norte, a state located at the extreme northeast cost of Brazil, has the blessed name of Natal (Christmas). The city boosts at least 700,000 Brazilians, and was one of the first areas of the country occupied by Portuguese colonizers in the 16th century.

Before the Portuguese came to control of what is now known as Natal though, the area was already frequented by French pirates after "pau-brasil", the national tree of Brazil. Eventually a Portuguese expedition took possession though, lead by Mascarenhas Homem . . .

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