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Alcantara is a city in the Brazilian state of Maranhão. Integrates the Metropolitan Region of São Luis. Its population in 2004 was 22,165 inhabitants. It has an area of 1495.6 km ². Zone of the current city was inhabited by Indians tupinambás, in a village called Tapuitapera. The French settled here in the early seventeenth century being expelled by the Portuguese. The town was elevated to the village of Santo António de Alcantara in 1648 and during the colonial period was an important commercial and agricultural center. In the nineteenth century the city enters a period of decline. It is also close to this city Cajual Island, an important archaeological site of Maranhão. The presence of fossilized species that lived in Africa can also prove that Africa and South America were once a single continent. The city is also well known for its sweet kind. The feast of the Holy Spirit ("Feast of the Divine") is widespread in the state, since they are about 15 days during which the party are served free "liquor" and sweets.
Here's your soundtrack. Okay, maybe they're not exactly brazillian but their music is awesome and their live shows legendary.Now, Brazil covers almost half of South America and its Amazon rainforest is the world's largest jungle... which is rapidly getting cut down. The country is basically one giant botanical garden with some bangin' cities on its edges.Brazil was colonized in 1808 by the royal court of Portugal, which was fleeing Napolean's troops. They didn't stay long, and Brazil won its independence in 1822.Its biggest city, Sao Paulo, is the financial hub of South America. Brazil is the "b" in BRIC -- Brazil, Russia, India and China. These four were labeled the world's fastest developing large economies in the year 2001.Brazil is known for three things: amazingly beautiful women, carnival, and Pele -- King of Football, Athlete of the Century, football ambassador of the world and a declared national treasure.Brazillians can tell foreigners a mile away, by the way their hips move. Samba is built into the soul of brazil and carnival is when it bursts out into twenty-four hour undying explosions of sound on every street.This picture of mask diving at the Taipus reefs makes me shed hot and salty tears all over my calendar, which is set on "January" right now.Text by Steve Smith.