Trouble in paradise as Bolsonaro government fights for archipelago

The Bolsonaro government is determined to increase tourism in the idyllic Fernando de Noronha archipelago despite environmental risks

Fernando de Noronha. Photo: Guilherme Spengler/Shutterstock
Fernando de Noronha. Photo: Guilherme Spengler/Shutterstock

Sitting roughly 350 kilometers off Brazil’s northeastern coast, the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha is one of the most exclusive holiday destinations in the country. With its idyllic beaches and sparse population, it has become something of a millionaire’s playground. Rooms in its luxury hotels are often booked up for several months in advance.

But long before it became an exclusive tourist paradise, Fernando de Noronha had a long history of being fought over by various countries and governments.

Before the Portuguese Crown officially made the archipelago part of the captaincy of Pernambuco in 1700, Fernando de Noronha had been...

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