a Floresta de Ipanema

Our hosts took us to a national park and historical place - a Floresta de Ipanema. The park was a former iron producing factory on a magnetite mine. Slaves lived on the land and were imported from Africa via Europe after they were trained on machines to make the magnetite into iron. The machines were imported from Belgium. The factory was owned by Portugal.  The iron was used for items from pots and pans to cannons and artillery. Power for all of the equipment was run by a water mill.  We then went to a hill commemorating one of the founders of the mill from Austria.  we took beautiful pictures of the view from up top! we had a traditional Brazilian lunch with great churrasco! some of us ventured into trying chicken hearts.

Mark Epstein