Discovery of Copacabana and Copacabana History from 1858 to 1953

Discovery of Copacabana and Copacabana History from 1858 to 1953
The first legend about Copacabana history, the southern district of Rio de Janeiro, tells a story about two whales. Stranded according to some, free by others.
Anyway, they seemed to have appeared at Copacabana beach in the end of August of 1858. Hundreds of people, also emperor Peter II and his nobles had made it to the beachfront to see them. Rich people followed to copacabana on coches pulled by horses, and brought great provisions tents to be comfortable. Others went by horse and some by foot. The whales disapeared, but despite this, the people who was at the beach enjoyed themselves with a grand picnic that lasted three days and three nights.This was the beginning of the population’s love for Rio De Janeiro, even with Copacabana history of inhospitable and unhealthy area.

Until the late XIX century Copacabana was a distant area covered with sand, dunes and shrubs. A smal fishermen´s village concentrated most of the dwellers. According to Copacabana history, the region was originally called Sacopenapã and consisted of Copacabana district all the way to the Lagoon Rodrigo de Freitas. The meaning of the word Sacopenapã came from tupi language and meant ‘the way of the socós’, a long-legged bird of the ardeídeos family very abundant in restingas of Rio De Janeiro. In the mid XXVII’s the name was changed to Copacabana, which in Quiche, a native language from Peru and Bolivia, means: ‘mirante of the blue one’. Copacabana also comes of the term aymara archaic Copakawana and means the one that shoots the precious rock. Copacabana history shows that the region alone was first incorporated in the city of Rio de Janeiro on the 6th of July of 1892, with the opening of the Túnel de Real Grandeza, currently Túnel Velho, whose correct name is Túnel Alaor Prata.

In this occasion in Copacabana history, with the presence of the president, Marshal Floriano Peixoto, the official birth of the historical quarter of Copacabana was marked. This great improvement allowed the train line to be extended until Praça Serzedelo Correia. Later, the street was extended to Leme and Nossa Senhora de Copacabana. The inauguration of the Av. Atlântica along the beach around 1900`s was a major turning point for the history of Copacabana. At that time Copacabana had around 20,000 inhabitants who had sent a demand to the city hall demanding the installation of schools, sanatorium and a playground for the children.
Aviation was in development and the beach of Copacabana was considered an excellent field of landing, not only for its extension of sand, but also for the good conditions of visibility for the pilots. The airplanes, taking off of from the beach, often went on to make piruets in skies downtown.

Another important event was the opening of Copacabana Palace history in 1923. With it, glamour and romance became copacabana trademarks, considered the most sumptuous edifice from the gender in South Amercica and one of the most beautiful hotels in the world.

Copacabana Palace plays an important role in the development of Copacabana.