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Ruínas da igreja Matriz de São Matias - Alcântara (Maranhão - Brasil)
Brazil

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.

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Copyright: Daniel Da Costa Gomes Martins
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Taken: 28/05/2012
Uploaded: 22/08/2012
Updated: 03/09/2014
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Tags: ruins; alcantara; maranhão; ruinas; historia; historical; ancient; city; cidade; history
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