Porto Seguro

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Bahia (BA)

Porto Seguro is located in the region that was, officially, the first to be discovered by Portuguese sailors in the current Brazilian territory. On April 21, 1500, the Pedro Alvares Cabral sighted land after leaving the African coast a month earlier. The place was sighted Monte Pascoal, 62 km south of Porto Seguro. The next day, the Portuguese landed on the mainland for the first time in the current Brazilian territory, a place whose exact point is still debated by historians.On April 24, the expedition anchored in Porto Seguro. The city had its first fortress raised in 1504 by Gonçalo Coelho. In 1530, when trade with the East Indies weakened, Portugalpassou became interested in finding new land and came to take possession of it. Earth is that it should by the Treaty of Tordesillas. In colonial times, Porto Seguro was called Nhoesembé.Visit the historic site of the High city of Porto Seguro is almost a must for the thousands of tourists arriving to Porto Seguro - City National Monument established by presidential decree in 1973. One of the first housing units in Brazil, Porto Seguro, and bear the landmark Discovery, played important role in the early years of colonization. From this (...)

Porto Seguro is located in the region that was, officially, the first to be discovered by Portuguese sailors in the current Brazilian territory. On April 21, 1500, the Pedro Alvares Cabral sighted land after leaving the African coast a month earlier. The place was sighted Monte Pascoal, 62 km south of Porto Seguro. The next day, the Portuguese landed on the mainland for the first time in the current Brazilian territory, a place whose exact point is still debated by historians.

On April 24, the expedition anchored in Porto Seguro. The city had its first fortress raised in 1504 by Gonçalo Coelho. In 1530, when trade with the East Indies weakened, Portugalpassou became interested in finding new land and came to take possession of it. Earth is that it should by the Treaty of Tordesillas. In colonial times, Porto Seguro was called Nhoesembé.

Visit the historic site of the High city of Porto Seguro is almost a must for the thousands of tourists arriving to Porto Seguro - City National Monument established by presidential decree in 1973. One of the first housing units in Brazil, Porto Seguro, and bear the landmark Discovery, played important role in the early years of colonization. From this time historic buildings that can be visited during the day or appreciated at night when under special lighting effect.

The historic tour can start by Marco Discovery, of which commands one of the most beautiful Porto Seguro coastal landscapes. The milestone came from Portugal between 1503 and 1526 and symbolizes the power of the Portuguese crown, used to demarcate their lands. All in ashlar stone, one side is carved the cross of the Order of Avis and on the other, the coat of arms of Portugal.

In the same area, is the church of Our Lady of Pena, built in 1535 by the donee of the captaincy, Pero do Campo Tourinho. There are kept sacred images of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, including the deSão Francis of Assisi - first image brought to Brazil - and the Our Lady of Pena, patron saint, celebrated on 8 September. To get a better idea of how the captaincy was the century of Tourinho and the arrival of the Jesuits, you can read some excerpts from letters written by Manuel da Nobrega or by José de Anchieta, the Company priests of Jesus on the region.

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