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Location in Maranhão state
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Açailândia is a Brazilian municipality in the western part of Maranhão State, at an elevation of 787 feet (240 m). Its population in 2010 was estimated to be 104,013, making it the eighth largest city in the state. The name of the city means "land of the açaí."
The city is an important center of agribusiness, the area having the largest cattle stock in Maranhão. The production of pig iron is the municipality's biggest single economic activity. Açailândia is part of the Carajas Development Corridor and the city houses many of the workers who produce charcoal in the area.
Açailândia's origins are recent, lying in the construction of the Belém-Brasília highway in 1958, when the fertile lands in the vicinity of the Açailândia Creek came to the attention of those engaged in building the highway. For some time, Açailândia was considered a district of the city of Imperatriz, the second largest city in the state of Maranhão.
- "IBGE | Cidades | Maranhão | Açailândia". cidades.ibge.gov.br. Retrieved 2016-05-20.
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- Official website (Portuguese)
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