São Gabriel da Cachoeira

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São Gabriel da Cachoeira
Municipality
The Municipality of São Gabriel da Cachoeira
Flag of São Gabriel da Cachoeira
Flag
Official seal of São Gabriel da Cachoeira
Seal
Nickname(s): Uaupés
Location in the State of Amazonas
Location in the State of Amazonas
Coordinates: 00°07′48″N 67°05′20″W / 0.13000°N 67.08889°W / 0.13000; -67.08889Coordinates: 00°07′48″N 67°05′20″W / 0.13000°N 67.08889°W / 0.13000; -67.08889
Country  Brazil
Region North
State Bandeira do Amazonas.svg Amazonas
Founded September 3, 1668
Government
 • Mayor Rene Coimbra (PCdoB)
Area
 • Total 109,185 km2 (42,157 sq mi)
Elevation 92 m (302 ft)
Population (2008)
 • Total 40,806
 • Density 0.31/km2 (0.8/sq mi)
  [1]
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
HDI (2000) 0.673 – medium[2]

São Gabriel da Cachoeira (Saint Gabriel of the Waterfall) is a city and municipality located on the northern shore of the Rio Negro River, in the region of Cabeça do Cachorro, Amazonas state, Brazil. Between 1952 and 1966, it was officially called Uaupés, after the nearby Vaupés River. Most of its inhabitants are indigenous people. The city's population is somewhere around 13,000, but the entire region has 40,806 people (2008), scattered over 109,185 km²,[3] mostly indigenous peoples in surrounding tribes and villages.

In 2003, Nheengatu became an official language along with Portuguese in São Gabriel da Cachoeira.[4]

It is the third largest municipality in Brazil by territorial area, and the second largest in Amazonas. It is also the northernmost city of Amazonas, and part of its territory is within the Pico da Neblina National Park. However, the peak itself is located in Santa Isabel do Rio Negro, and São Gabriel da Cachoeira is in the lowlands. It is not far from the equator, and the climate is correspondingly hot and humid.

The city is served by São Gabriel da Cachoeira Airport.

Most of the non-indigenous residents of the city are affiliated with the Brazilian army, usually serving a term of two years or more.[citation needed]

History[edit]

The City was founded in 1668 as an aldea by Franciscan Friar Theodósio[Teodózio or Teodósio] da Veiga and Captain Pedro da Costa Favela on the Rio Negro, near the mouth of the Rio Aruím. In 1761, a fort was built on the location, and the settlement became the town of São Gabriel da Cachoeira.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for São Gabriel da Cachoeira
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 30.8
(87.4)
31.2
(88.2)
31.1
(88)
30.6
(87.1)
29.9
(85.8)
29.4
(84.9)
29.4
(84.9)
30.4
(86.7)
31.4
(88.5)
31.5
(88.7)
31.3
(88.3)
30.8
(87.4)
30.65
(87.16)
Daily mean °C (°F) 26.6
(79.9)
26.9
(80.4)
26.8
(80.2)
26.6
(79.9)
26.1
(79)
25.6
(78.1)
25.5
(77.9)
26.0
(78.8)
26.6
(79.9)
26.9
(80.4)
26.9
(80.4)
26.6
(79.9)
26.42
(79.57)
Average low °C (°F) 22.5
(72.5)
22.6
(72.7)
22.6
(72.7)
22.6
(72.7)
22.4
(72.3)
21.9
(71.4)
21.6
(70.9)
21.7
(71.1)
21.9
(71.4)
22.4
(72.3)
22.6
(72.7)
22.5
(72.5)
22.28
(72.1)
Precipitation mm (inches) 273
(10.75)
238
(9.37)
258
(10.16)
285
(11.22)
317
(12.48)
272
(10.71)
246
(9.69)
200
(7.87)
176
(6.93)
177
(6.97)
195
(7.68)
272
(10.71)
2,909
(114.54)
 % humidity 78 78 75 75 78 78 77 73 72 71 72 76 75.3
Source #1: http://en.climate-data.org/location/43904/ (temperature & precipitation)
Source #2: http://www.tititudorancea.com/z/weather_sao_gabriel_da_cachoeira_brazil.htm (humidity)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ IBGE 2008 statistics
  2. ^ [1] UNDP
  3. ^ IBGE - [2]
  4. ^ Larry Rohter (August 28, 2005). "Language Born of Colonialism Thrives Again in Amazon". New York Times. Retrieved December 16, 2013.