Mapas de Brazil
After playing with the satellite feature of google maps for a while, I found it difficult to establish a username, and thus impossible to make my own maps. In any case, I was most taken in by the names of favelas on the map of Rio de Janeiro. I just watched City of God, which takes place in Cidade de Deus (City of God). On the map Cidade de Deus is separated from what looks like the middle of Rio de Janeiro by a gigantic green space. Possibly a nature reserve? Further research shows that it is a mountainous area, with a tram that runs through it! Some history on that HERE. Meanwhile, Cidade de Deus is just one of countless favelas throughout Rio de Janeiro. I started to count and then learned that there are over 600 favelas in the city, housing 1 out of 4 Cariocas (person from Rio). I do not know where the wealthy and middle class live, because it would seem that most of the map is taken up by favelas. Meanwhile, in the city which I was most interested in, Recife, the google map does not specifically list any neighborhood as a favela. They definitely exist, but it is not in the title. In fact, google map’s satellite would have me believe that Recife is a quiet suburb, although I have heard that this is certainly not true. I particularly enjoyed looking at the Amazon Rainforest on Google maps. The grey cities of Northeastern Brazil and the grey mountaintops of the Peruvian border give way to an expansive green, which is broken here and there by rivers and “towns” that are too small to be seen by Google Maps. Still I hope to see all of these places and things. Especially the tramway. And favelas. The picture I posted is a map of the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, although there are less on the map than in reality.