Cape Frio

Cape Frio is a promontory on Brazil’s Atlantic coast 113 kilometres east of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Ships sailing into Rio on their way to South Australia in 1836 would have passed by Cape Frio, which Amerigo Vespucci discovered in 1503. The Portuguese name for the cape is Cabo Frio which means ‘Cold Cape’, an odd name for a place located on the Tropic of Capricorn. It was called ‘Cape Frio’ because a unique submarine current originating in the Antarctic Ocean brings cold water into the area.

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