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State of Amapá
Flag of State of Amapá
Coat of arms of State of Amapá
Coat of arms
Location of State of Amapá in Brazil
Location of State of Amapá in Brazil
Coordinates: 1°N 52°W / 1°N 52°W / 1; -52Coordinates: 1°N 52°W / 1°N 52°W / 1; -52
Country  Brazil
Capital and Largest City Macapá
 • Governor Camilo Góes Capiberibe
 • Vice Governor Dora Nascimento de Souza
 • Total 142,814.585 km2 (55,141.020 sq mi)
Area rank 18th
Population (2012)[1]
 • Total 698,602
 • Rank 26th
 • Density 4.9/km2 (13/sq mi)
 • Density rank 24th
Demonym Amapaense
 • Year 2006 estimate
 • Total R$ 5,260,000,000 (25th)
 • Per capita R$ 8,543 (14th)
 • Year 2010
 • Category 0.708 - high (12th)
Time zone BRT (UTC-3)
Postal Code 68900-000 to 68999-000
ISO 3166 code BR-AP

Amapá (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐmɐˈpa]), also known as the Portuguese Guiana, is one of the states of Brazil, located in the extreme north, bordering French Guiana and Suriname to the north. To the east is the Atlantic Ocean, and to the south and west is the Brazilian state of Pará. The estuary of the River Oiapoque, once considered the northernmost point of Brazil, is at the extreme north of the Brazilian coast. The dominant feature of the region—90 percent of the total area—is the Amazon Rainforest. Unexplored forests occupy 70 percent of its territory. The state's capital and largest city Macapá can be reached only by boat or airplane.

In ancient times it was called the Portuguese Guiana, originally part of the Portuguese Empire, now corresponding to the contemporary Brazilian State of Amapá, to distinguish it from the other Guianas.


During the colonial era from 1637 to 1654 when it was merged into the Captaincy of Para, this was the Captaincy of Cabo de Norte, and the region was invaded by the English and Dutch, who were repelled by the Portuguese. The Treaty of Utrecht in 1713 established the boundaries between the colony of Brazil and French Guiana, but these were not respected by the French. In the 18th century, France retook control of the area. This international dispute continued until 1900.

With the discovery of gold and the increasing value of rubber on the international market during the 19th century, outsider population increased in Amapá and the territorial dispute with France was brought to a head. French settlers established the State of Counani (1886-1891). The gold rush however brought in Brazilian interests who gained control of the territory, which led to clashes with the French. The dispute was sent for arbitration and on December 1, 1900, the Arbitration Commission of Geneva ceded possession of the territory to Brazil . It was incorporated it into the state of Pará, with the joint name of Araguari (named for the river of the same name). It became the federal territory of Amapá in 1943.

The discovery of rich manganese deposits in Serra do Navio in 1945 revolutionized the local economy. Amapá did not achieve statehood until October 5, 1988, at the time of the promulgation of the new Brazilian Constitution.


The State of Amapá possesses the lowest rate of loss of its original vegetation for any Brazilian state, estimated at only 2%. Most of the Amapá territory is covered with rainforest, while the remaining areas are covered with savannah and plains. On the Amapá coast, almost intact beaches mix with swamps, creating the largest representation of this biome in Brazil. This mixture of salt and fresh water is perfect for the food chain reproduction for several animal species.


An equatorial climate is a type of tropical climate in which there is no dry season—all months have mean precipitation values of at least 60 mm. It is usually found at latitudes within five degrees of the equator, which are dominated by the Intertropical Convergence Zone. The Tropical Monsoon climate is denoted Am in the Köppen climate classification. Tropical rainforest is the natural vegetation in equatorial regions.


According to the IBGE of 2007, there were 619,000 people residing in the state, with a population density of 4.3/km².

Urbanization: 93.7% (2006); Population growth: 5.7% (1991–2000); Houses: 144,000 (2006).[2]

The last PNAD (National Research for Sample of Domiciles) census revealed the following numbers: 429,000 Brown (Multiracial) people (69.4%), 148,000 White people (24.0%), 40,000 Black people (6.5%), 6,000 Asian or Amerindian people (1.0%).[3]


The service sector is the largest component of GDP at 87.6%, followed by the industrial sector at 7.8%. Agriculture represents 4.6% of GDP (2004). Amapá exports: wood 75.5%, ores 18.7%, heart of palm 5.5% (2002).

Share of the Brazilian economy: 0.2% (2005).


Portuguese is the official national language, and thus the primary language taught in schools. French is the second language taught in every school due to the proximity of French Guyana. A creole language called Lanc-Patuá is spoken among some of the people.

Educational institutions[edit]

  • Universidade Federal do Amapá (Unifap) (Federal University of Amapá);
  • Universidade Estadual do Amapá (UEAP);
  • Instituto Federal do Amapá (IFAP);
  • Centro de Ensino Superior do Amapá (Ceap);
  • Instituto de Ensino Superior do Amapá (Iesap);
  • Instituto Macapaense de Ensino Superior (IMMES);
  • Faculdade Seama;
  • and many others.


International Airport[edit]

The state of Amapá will soon have a new airport. Infraero will start work on the new Macapá International Airport, which will contain 17,000 square meters of space to serve 700,000 passengers a year. The current airport, with an area of 2,900 square meters, operates annually with 324,000 passengers. The work, scheduled for conclusion in 30 months [ACTUAL DATE?], will enlarge the parking lot to 258 spots, compared to the current 80, and expand the total area from 2,400 to 11,000 square meters. The apron area will be increased from its current area of 21,000 square meters to 30,000 square meters, with capacity for four large airplanes and 30 small aircraft.[citation needed]


The flag was adopted by decree No. 008 of April 23, 1984. The blue on top symbolizes the sky over Amapá and justice, the green represents the native rainforest, and the yellow at the bottom stands for the Union and its natural resources. The black in the small stripes stands for the deceased who worked for the state, and the white for the will of the state to live in peace and stability. The symbol at the left symbolizes the Fortress of São José, out of which the state capital grew.

Before 1984 the state had a red-white-red flag very similar to the flag of Peru.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Source: PNAD.
  3. ^ Síntese de Indicadores Sociais 2007 (PDF) (in Portuguese). Amapá, Brazil: IBGE. 2007. ISBN 85-240-3919-1. Retrieved 2007-07-18. 

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