Brazilian history in flames

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A massive fire raced through Brazil’s 200-year-old National Museum in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, probably destroying its collection of more than 20 million items, ranging from archeological finds to historical memorabilia. – Source (PT)

I don’t even have words for how sad this is. What was lost goes so far beyond the snippet above (Luiza – the first Brazilian woman, the country’s largest indigenous and scientific collections, and innumerable items from the country’s founding). After the destruction of the Portuguese Language Museum in 2015, one would have thought that proper fire prevention systems would have been installed in the country’s most important historical institutions…

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