Fortaleza (Portuguese for "Fortress") is the state capital of Ceara, Northeastern Brazil. It belongs to Fortaleza's Metropolitan mesoregion and microregion of Fortaleza. Around 2285 km (1420 mi) from the federal capital Brasilia, the city developed on the banks of creek Pajeu, and its toponymy is the allusion to Fort Schoonenborch, that gave rise to the town, built by the Dutch during their 2nd stay in place between 1649-1654. The motto of Fortaleza, which is present in its coat of arms is "Fortitudine", a Latin word which means "strength, value, courage."
Fortaleza is located on the coast of the Atlantic, at an average altitude of 16 m, with 34 km of beaches. The city has a total area of 314,930 km2 (121,595 ml2) and 2,609,720 inhabitants estimated 2016. The metropolitan area of Fortaleza is the 6th most populous in Brazil and the 1st in the North and Northeast regions, with 4,019,210 inhabitants in 2016. It is also the northeastern city with the biggest area of regional influence and has Brazil's 3rd largest urban network in population, behind only Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
Today one of the major towns in Brazil, with a colourful harbour area and history dating back to 1612, the city of Fortaleza has developed around Fortaleza Nossa Senhora de Assuncao - the ancient fortress of Our Lady of Assumption. There is much to enjoy in its old city centre, where visitors will see the magnificent iron structured Teatro Jose de Alencar and a variety of museums or they can bargain in the market for lace, embroidery or other local handicrafts. In recent times, Fortaleza has made attempts to expand its tourist trade and to encourage the building of luxury hotels along city's fine beaches.
The first Portuguese arrived in 1603. After clashes with the Indians, they were restricted to settling in the coastal area. Only with eventual blazing of cattle trails into interior was it possible to subdue hostile Indians. It was from Fortaleza that the move for independence from Portugal had its start and actual fighting took place between the Portuguese and local patriots. Prosperity came to the town in the 19th century when ranching was quickly expanding and Fortaleza became a prime port for hinterland.
Highlights: Shops, Fort, beaches
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