Jijoca de Jericoacoara

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Jijoca de Jericoacoara
Jericoacoara
Nickname(s): "Jeri"
Location of Jijoca de Jericoacoara in Ceará
Location of Jijoca de Jericoacoara in Ceará
Country Brazil
Region Northeast
State Ceará
Founded May 6, 1991
Government
 • Mayor Sergio Herrero Gimenez (PSDB)
Area
 • Total 201.858 km2 (77.938 sq mi)
Elevation 22 m (72 ft)
Population (2008)
 • Total 16.447
 • Density 82.5/km2 (214/sq mi)
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Website http://www.jijocadejericoacoara.ce.gov.br [1]

Jijoca de Jericoacoara (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʒiˈʒɔkɐ d(ʒ)i ʒɛɾikuˌakuˈaɾɐ]) is the northernmost town and municipality in the Brazilian state of Ceará. It is famous for its homonymous beach and national park.

About Jericoacoara[edit]

The word Jericoacoara comes from Tupi (an indigenous language) and means "house of turtles." It is a city of Ceará, a state renowned for its natural beauty, wildlife and many landscapes. Jericoacoara is a location with favorable conditions for windsurfing and sandboarding.

History[edit]

A fact of some historical significance is the report of Vicente Yáñez Pinzón (Captain of Nau Niña, the fleet of Christopher Columbus), which anchored in the bay of Jericoacoara in 1499.[2] But this was not official at the time as a result of the Treaty of Tordesillas, which was signed in the same year.

References[edit]

  1. ^ IBGE 2008 statistics
  2. ^ "Jericoacoara's Guide". visitejericoacoara.com. Retrieved 2009-06-03. 

Coordinates: 2°47′37″S 40°30′29″W / 2.79361°S 40.50806°W / -2.79361; -40.50806