While researching for a post on Botafogo Beach, I came across some images, showing how Rio’s coast has changed over time. The areas in dark brown are places where either lakes or the sea were filled in with land. The lighter brown areas represent swamps and mangroves where the same also occurred. From this, one can imagine the Rio that the Amerindians and initial explorers knew. Maybe it’s just me but I would have loved Rio as a small city where nature was mostly left alone.
Below, you can see the changes over time to Praça XV in downtown Rio.
Next, we have the Port of Rio,
And, at last, Copacabana (the years are 1893, 1927, 1956 and 2007)