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Situated on the western side of the entrance to Guanabara Bay, Pao de Açúcar is a striking, weathered granite tor that rises to a height of 395 meters above the city of Rio de Janeiro.

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Colonial traditions suggest the peak came to be named Pao de Açúcar, or Sugar Loaf, because its called to mind the form in which sugar left plantations for markets.

Prior to the mid-nineteenth century sugar syrup was poured into moulds. When the syrup cooled and solidified the mould was removed, leaving a block of sugar that looked like the shape of the mountain.

It has also been suggested that the name may also have indigenous origins. The Tupi-Guarani people, in whose ancestral country the peak is located, call a high hill aPau-nh-Acuqua.

 
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Prepared by: Turnbull, P.
Created: 15 October 2001
Modified: 10 December 2003

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-P000080

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