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A•la•go•asˌɑ ləˈgoʊ əs(n.)
a state in NE Brazil. 2,637,843; 10,674 sq. mi. (27,650 sq. km).
Category: Geography (places)
Ref: Cap.: Maceió.
State in north-eastern Brazil which has Maceiu00F3 as its capital.
Alagoas is one of the 27 states of Brazil and is situated in the eastern part of the Northeast Region. It borders: Pernambuco; Sergipe; Bahia; and the Atlantic Ocean. It occupies an area of 27,767 km², being slightly larger than Haiti. Its capital is the city of Maceió. It is made up of 102 municipalities and its most populous cities are Maceió, Arapiraca, Palmeira dos Índios, Rio Largo, Penedo, União dos Palmares, São Miguel dos Campos, Santana do Ipanema, Delmiro Gouveia, Coruripe, Marechal Deodoro, and Campo Alegre. Next to last Brazilian state in area and 16th in population, it is one of the greatest producers of sugarcane and coconuts in the country and has an economy based on cattle raising. Land of the sururu, lagoon shellfish which serves as food for the coastal population, and of coconut water, Alagoas also possesses some of the country's richest folklore. Initially, the Alagoano territory constituted the southern part of the Captaincy of Pernambuco and only gained its autonomy in 1817. Its occupation pushed the expansion of the captaincy's sugarcane farming, which required new areas of cultivation, southward. Thus arose Porto Calvo, Alagoas and Penedo, nuclei which guided the colonization, economic, and social life of the region for a long time.
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