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Ilha das Cobras

Island of Snakes
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The Ilha das Cobras (Island of Snakes) lies off shore of the Centro district of Rio de Janeiro.

The Ilha das Cobras began to be fortified when Rio de Janeiro was founded, in March 1565. Over time additional defensive works were built using penal labour.

By the mid-eighteenth century, the island was the site of a fort and a shipyard. It was the site of a prison built on the island for the inquisition of religious offenders by local church authorities between 1735 and 1740.

In the early 1770s, a new secular house of correction was completed, the inmates of which labored in the shipyard or spent their days making cable and other naval stores.

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Prepared by: Turnbull, P.
Created: 28 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-P000084

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