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Here a photo that I took in Paquet Island during my visit on 2006.

Paquet Island (Portuguese: Ilha de Paquet) is an island in Guanabara Bay. The name of the island is a Tupi word meaning "many pacas". The island is an auto-free zone, so travel is limited to bicycles and horse-drawn carriages. Paquet has twenty baobabs, a type of African tree - the only ones in Brazil beside the Baob in Passeio Pblico in Fortaleza. One of the trees is called "Maria Gorda" (Maria, the Fatty), which residents kiss for luck.

Up to the end of the 15th century, the Tamoio Indians used Paquet as hunting and living grounds. It was officially registered by the Frenchman Andr Thevet in December 1555, and acknowledged by King Henri II as a French discovery in 1556. Together with Paranapu Island (now called Governador Island), Paquet was one of the main centers of French resistance to Portuguese occupation. While the French had the Tamoios as their allies, the Temimin鏀 Indians led by Ararib鏙a supported the Portuguese.

The Portuguese victory was consolidated with the expulsion of the French and the defeat of the Tamoios. Paquet was then divided into two allotments assigned to settlers; the one now called Campo was given to In塶io de Bulh髊s and the Ponte area to Fern緌 Valdez. Even today the characteristics of this division between Campo and Ponte are conspicuously present in the Island's festivities, in football matches and in the parade of dancing and singing groups during Carnival.
Under Portuguese rule, Paquet produced vegetables, fruits, stone and timber for construction. Aristocratic land and slave owners occupied the island. Nowadays Paquet presents a residential and touristy profile due to its cultural roots, its scenery and location.

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