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Cabo Frio

Cabo Frio (Cape Frio) is a large peninsula on the southeast coast of Brazil about 120 kilometers due east of the city of Rio de Janeiro.

Inland from the cape is a large lagoon and hills that rise to a height of 500 meters. The Cape itself is covered by low hills and is less significant a navigation landmark than one of several small islands lying off the Cape, the peak of which rises to just over a 100 meters.

Amerigo Vespucci established a short-lived factory in the vicinity of Cabo Frio in 1503. During the following century French, Dutch and English adventurers sought to gather Brazil wood in the region. However, from the mid-1570s until about 1620, the Portuguese authorities at Rio de Janeiro began forcing the expulsion of French and other European traders, while conducting a bloody campaign against the Tamoios, the indigenous peoples of the region.


Prepared by: Turnbull, P.
Created: 15 October 2001
Modified: 28 February 2004

Published by South Seas, 1 February 2004
Comments, questions, corrections and additions: Paul.Turnbull@jcu.edu.au
Prepared by: Paul Turnbull
Updated: 28 June 2004
To cite this page use: http://nla.gov.au/nla.cs-ss-biogs-P000078

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