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The lake was originally called by Native Brazilians Sacopenapa, meaning "way of the socó birds". Its history dates back to the XVI century, when it was surrounded by a large sugarcane farm called Engenho d'El Rei. It was later purchased by Rodrigo de Freitas in the XVII century.
In 1808 Emperor Dom João XVI claimed the area to install the Royal Gunpowder Factory. Eventually it was divided into smaller properties. The area only started to grow faster with the arrival of streetcars, in the late XIX century. Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas was recently declared a national landmark by the Historical Patrimony. On a clear day, (which unfortuneatly it wasn't when I was there), you can see the statue of Christ The Redeemer.
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