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  •  Recife is worse... (1+ / 0-)
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    justmy2

    ...at least back when I moved here in 2005 it had the highest murder rate of any city in S. America.  I think it's dropped a bit recently, but I bet it's still worse than Rio, unfortunately.

    "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." -- Dom Hélder Câmara

    by SLKRR on Fri Oct 02, 2009 at 11:29:27 AM PDT

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    •  Sao Paulo is probably even less safe (0+ / 0-)

      outside of Favellas...

      "Republicans drove the country into a ditch and now they are complaining about the cost of the tow truck"-Jim Cornette

      by justmy2 on Fri Oct 02, 2009 at 11:30:51 AM PDT

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    •  Interesting (1+ / 0-)
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      I didn't get there on my trip, but the city fascinates me because it has an ancient (read from the Inquisition) Jewish history and the Jews who ended up in "New Amsterdam" mostly set sail from Recife.

      "He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that." - J.S. Mill

      by dmsarad on Fri Oct 02, 2009 at 11:31:08 AM PDT

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      •  Little known fact... (1+ / 0-)
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        That's one of those trivia questions that most don't know, but yes, Recife has a very interesting history.  It was originally the city of Mauritstad,  built by the Dutch who reclaimed the current city center from the swamps, and who allowed religious freedom.  The first synagogue in the New World was built here in the 1600s.  Of course, when the Portuguese re-invaded, the Jews were expelled, and as you said, many ended up migrating to New Amsterdam.

        "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." -- Dom Hélder Câmara

        by SLKRR on Fri Oct 02, 2009 at 11:35:42 AM PDT

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