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Aracaju
   is the capital of   
Sergipe
The smallest Brazilian state in area 22,050 km2
Belém
   is the capital of   
Pará
One the biggest Brazilian States 1,253,164 km2. Pará means "river" in an indian language. Belém, is the Portuguese for Bethlehem, the city where Jesus Christ was born.
Belo Horizonte
   is the capital of   
Minas Gerais
"the place with a large variety of mines." gold was mined here in the 16th and 17th centuries. Now iron ore mining is a large industry.
Boa Vista
   is the capital of   
Roraima
Roraima derives from Roro-imã meaning Green Mountain
Brasilia
   is the capital of   
Distrito Federal
Located in the State of Goiás, in a region called Planalto Central, the Distrito Federal is divided in 19 administrative regions. Brazilian capital since 1960
Campo Grande
   is the capital of   
Mato Grosso Do Sul
Cuiabá
   is the capital of   
Mato Grosso
Curitiba
   is the capital of   
Paraná
Home to immigrant Germans, Italians, Poles and Ukranians
Florianópolis
   is the capital of   
Santa Catarina
German and Italian settlers came here as early as 1829
Fortaleza
   is the capital of   
Ceará
Formerly part of Pernambuco until 1799. Fortaleza is one of the most modern cities in Brazil
Goiânia
   is the capital of   
Goiás
Intensive agriculture and extensive cattle breeding. site of the building of the new capital Brasilia begun in 1956. located in central Brazil
João Pessoa
   is the capital of   
Paraíba
The most eastern state of Brazil
Macapá
   is the capital of   
Amapá
Contains Oiapoque the northernmost point of Brazil. closest part of Brazil to Europe which caused disputes with the British, Dutch, French and Portuguese
Maceió
   is the capital of   
Alagoas
One of the smallest States of Brazil, in area 27,933 km2. contains sugar producing plantations.
Manaus
   is the capital of   
Amazonas
The biggest Brazilian State in territory 1,577,820 km2 named for the Amazonas (Amazon) River and for the Amazonas, a tribe of warrior women which lived in the forests surrounding the river.
Natal
   is the capital of   
Rio Grande Do Norte
The state is the biggest producer of petroleum on land in Brazil
Palmas
   is the capital of   
Tocantins
Created by the Constitution of 1988; it was part of the state of Goiás.
Porto Alegre
   is the capital of   
Rio Grande Do Sul
The southern most state of Brazil and a cattle breeding region
Porto Velho
   is the capital of   
Rondônia
Named in honor of Cândido Rondon who in the early 1900s laid telegraph lines to the western border of the Brazilian Amazon
Recife
   is the capital of   
Pernambuco
Duarte Coelho in 1534 was given this area by the Portuguese king and started sugar cane production
Rio Branco
   is the capital of   
Acre
The far western Brazilian state covered by the Amazon. river travel is most common because roads are sparse and unreliable. rubber production is the main industry
Rio De Janeiro
   is the capital of   
Rio De Janeiro
Formerly called the State of Guanabara after Guanabara Bay. Discovered by Portuguese explorers on January 1st, 1502. Rio was the Brazilian capital from 1763 to 1960
Salvador
   is the capital of   
Bahia
Where the first Portuguese settlement started with Salvador founded in 1534 as the first capital of Brazil
São Luís
   is the capital of   
Maranhão
One of the poorest States in Brazil but a state of great beauty especially Lençóis, a desert area filled with ponds
São Paulo
   is the capital of   
São Paulo
The economic center of Brazil
Teresina
   is the capital of   
Piauí
Teresina is the only capital city in Brazilian northeast which is not located by the sea.
Vitória
   is the capital of   
Espírito Santo
A coastal state with Vitória as its major port


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Allan R. Matthes








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