São Luís

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About São Luís

St. Louis is a Brazilian city, capital of the state of Maranhão located north of the state. It is the only Brazilian city founded by the French, on September 8, 1612 was later invaded by the Dutch, but ended up being colonized by the Portuguese. Located on the island of Upaon-Acu, in the South Atlantic, between the bays of São Marcos and São José de Ribamar. In 1621, when Brazil was divided into two administrative units, and the State of Maranhão state in Brazil, St. Louis was the capital of the first administrative unit.

The capital of Maranhão has a developed industrial sector for big corporations and many areas that have settled in the city due to its privileged geographic position between the North and Northeast regions of the country, its coastline strategically located very close to major shopping importers of products Brazilians like Europe and the United States that enables fuel economy and reduction in delivery of goods from Brazil through the Port of Itaqui which is the 2nd deepest in the world and one of the busiest, sophisticated and well structured for foreign trade in Brazil .

The city is connected to the state through a rail line, and also to the neighboring states of Pará, Tocantins and Piauí which facilitates and cheapens agricultural escoação coming from the countryside to the port of Itaqui, and with the completion of North-South city will be linked to all Brazilian regions (NO, NE, CO, S and SE) by railroads. On the highway the island is already served by the BR-135 which connects to the mainland by air and has the Marechal Cunha Machado International Airport with capacity to serve more than one million passengers a year, and already operates nearly saturated by demand intense movement of passengers not only the city of St. Louis, but also serve as a gateway for being the largest and busiest airport next to the National Park Maranhenses.

The weather in St. Louis is tropical and semi-humid. This is because the city is located near the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ). The city features lots of palm trees and lots of coastal vegetation. There are small areas of the Amazon rainforest who resisted the process of urbanization of the city, all protected by environmental parks. Small rivers are born in the city, among all the river Bacanga is the most important because it is very useful to fishing.

In 2010 the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) said the population at 1,014,837 making it the fifteenth largest city in Brazil between 5565 Brazilian municipalities, 13 ° between the capitals, 4th in the Northeast and 1 of Maranhão. Its area is 831.7 km ², and 157.5656 km ² of the total are in the urban area. The municipality is part of the Greater Region and North Maranhense Microregion the Urban Agglomeration of St. Louis located north of the state of Maranhão. The Human Development Index is the municipality of 0778, compared to the high HDI of Maranhão.

Besides the story, the city preserves cultures and traditions. The Bumba-Meu-Boi, folkloric representation that combines theater, music and dance, attracts people from around the corner who comes to participate in the colorful festival that takes over the streets in the months of June and July.

So much folklore is rooted reggae. The pace, this on the radio, clubs and bars, the St. Louis conferred the title of "Brazilian Jamaica" and makes it impossible not to release the body to the side of Rastafarians to the sound of Bob Marley and company.

The capital of Maranhão, however, displays a facet modern and luxurious. Across the Rio Anil is new part of St. Louis area linked to the old bridge José Sarney. There are skyscrapers, shopping malls and upscale restaurants that serve dishes like rice with cuxá.

The beaches - not as blue water - are also in this area. The tide tends to vary quite soon the day still gives to enjoy a bath in Rock, Eye of Water and Araçagi.

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