Brazil-still love ya!
Trip Start May 2005
1Trip End May 2005
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Beautiful people, great food, spirit and dance. What's not to love?
Brasilia was constructed between 1956 and 1960, during the government of President Juscelino Kubitschek. It was inaugurated, as Brazil's new capital, on April 21, 1960. Its master plan ("Plano Piloto") was conceived by Lucio Costa, and its major buildings were designed by Oscar Niemeyer. Why was it built?
-Fear of invasions. Brazil had been systematically invaded in the past (by the French, the Dutch and even by the Portuguese, after Independence). Having the capital (Rio de Janeiro) by the sea made it very vulnerable.
-Helping develop the heartland.
-Security reasons. A smaller city would be easier to control in the event of riots or the like. Also, popular demand would be of lesser extent.