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The irregular paving stones are part of the scenario Paraty since the eighteenth century. Known as a Pé-de-moleque (kids-foot in english), with the paving stones was done to prevent the troops of mules - laden with treasures, like gold or coffee - atolassem on rainy days and raise dust clouds on sunny days.

Although there are no records, many claim that the paving stones were brought from Portugal as ballast on ships. These Portuguese stones were landed in Paraty and, in its place, boarded with gold or coffee.

In the 1970s, access to the Historical Center were closed with chains, preventing vehicles from entering the cobbled streets.

The name pé-de-moleque street is related with it built origin. These streets were made by laying down various odd rocks in a loose layer of sand, and having street children stomp on them to flatten the surface. Moleque is a world used to denominate these street children used till present days.

Curiously a brazilian traditional candy made of peanuts and jaggery or molasses is named Pé-de-moleque since the appearance of the peanuts stuck together by molasses was found to be similar to that of these type of street. In Paraty is easy see sellers pushing carts with many traditional brazilian candys that include pé-de-moleque and others like cocada, cassava cake, cuscus, brigadeiro and cajuzinho.

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