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PARANAPIACABA

PARANAPIACABA
Santo André, Brazil
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BACKGROUND

In the mid-nineteenth century, the Saõ Paulo Railway Company laid a snaking network of tracks over Brazil’s green mountains. In order to transport coffee beans from inland plantations to the port of Santos on the south coast, a railroad funicular was incorporated that could lift entire trains full of cargo over the undulating terrain. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

The government of Brazil declared Paranapiacaba a registered historic district and began initiatives to preserve it, aiming to invite tourism and eventually repopulate the town as a suburb of Saõ Paulo. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

Brazil’s architectural legacy was indeed affected strongly by its Portuguese colonizers, but international exchange continued even after the country declared independence in 1821. The British expatriate community of Paranapiacaba incorporated their history and traditions into the village. (...)