Location within Rio Grande do Sul
|State||Rio Grande do Sul|
|Mesoregion||Westcentral Rio Grande do Sul
(Centro Ocidental Rio-Grandense)
|Founded||March 20, 1992|
|• Total||1,120.8 km2 (432.7 sq mi)|
|Elevation||394 m (1,293 ft)|
|• Density||4.5/km2 (12/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-3 (UTC-3)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-2 (UTC-2)|
Pinhal Grande (Portuguese meaning large pine) is a municipality of the central part of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Its area is 477.39 km² and its population was 5,031 in 2003. Its elevation is at 394 m. It is located 320 km west of the state capital of Porto Alegre, northeast of Alegrete and east of Santo Ângelo. The nickname of the city is Pinhal
The origin of the name comes from one of the large pines
Coat of arms
Its coat of arms features a shield with a large pine in the middle and its reservoir in the bottom, its local plants are on the left and the right sides of the shield, a castle with three doors and coloured orange to light orange and the top and the tag on the bottom featuring the founding of the city and the city name in the middle.
The first inhabitants of the region were indigenous tribes. The Portuguese dominion explored and later claimed the lands until 1822 when Brazil gained independence. In 1813, the Curitibano João Gonçalves Padilha along with his brother made the agricultural commerde between the region and São Paulo.
The area received immigration and integrated the 4ª Colônia de Imigração Italiana (4th Colony of Italian Immigration), it makes up of people of Italian, Portuguese and Spanish descendents.
Pinhal Grande was created under Law nº 9600 March 20, 1992.
- http://www.citybrazil.com.br/rs/itacurubi/ (Portuguese)
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