|Município de Itacoatiara
Municipality of Itacoatiara
|Founded||April 24, 1874|
|• Mayor||Mamoud Amed Parti (Social Democratic Party of Brazil)|
|• Municipality||8,891.993 km2 (3,433.218 sq mi)|
|Elevation||40 m (130 ft)|
|• Metro density||10.016/km2 (25.94/sq mi)|
|Time zone||BRT (UTC−4)|
|• Summer (DST)||DST no longer used (UTC−4)|
Itacoatiara is a municipality in central eastern portion of state of Amazonas, northern Brazil. It is 176 km east by air or 270 km downstream by river of Manaus. It is the third most populous town in the state, on the shore of the Amazon river. Its population was 90,889 (2009) and its area is 8,600 km². The town is known as "city of painted stone" - which is, actually, its name translated from Tupi. Itacoatiara has an important port, which is responsible for a considerable amount of cargo transportation in Amazonas.
- In 1655, an aldea named Arroquis, on Albi island (exactly where is this island?) on the Madeira River, was founded by Portuguese Jesuit António Vieira. It was thereafter moved four times due to aggression of the Mura indigenous people.
- In 1757, the inhabitants of aldea Abacaxi (where'd the inhabitants of Arroquis go?) moved to the left border of Amazon River, where Itacoatiara is located nowadays.
- In 1758, Francisco Xavier de Mendonça passed by the region for the second time in order to found the captaincy of São José do Rio Negro.[relevant? ]
- In 1759, the aldea is officially elevated to the category of village, being called Serpa. Itacoatiara became an actual town by law 74 of December 10, 1857 but in 1858 it was considered a village once more, being called then Nossa Senhora do Rosário de Serpa. Finally, on April 25, 1874, by law 283, Itacoatiara was again elevated to the category of town with its current name.
- Silves another ancient town originally a mission, nearby
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