Capibaribe River

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Capibaribe River
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Capibaribe River in Recife
Country Brazil
Basin features
Main source Serra do Jacarará
1,100 meters (3,600 ft)
River mouth Atlantic Ocean
Physical characteristics
Length 240 kilometers (150 mi)

The Capibaribe River is a river located in Pernambuco state, Brazil, with a length of 240 kilometers.[1] The Capibaribe originates in the Serra do Jacarará, in the municipality of Poção, and flows to the Atlantic Ocean at Recife.[2]


The word Capibaribe derives from the Tupi names Caapiuar-y-be or Capibara-ybe, meaning Capybara River.[3]


Recife's sport team Clube Náutico Capibaribe is named after the Capibaribe River.


The Capibaribe River was a significant geographic determinant factor in the history of Pernambuco State and the Northeast of Brazil. It was in the floodplains of the river that the first sugar cane mills were formed, its black clay soil being suitable for the cultivation of agricultural crops. The river also served as a starting point to reach the wilderness areas beyond. Access to the wilderness enabled the development of a livestock farming industry. Today, ongoing studies about the navigability of the river for urban transportation will assist in developing the region further.


  1. ^ "O protesto dos pescadores" (in Portuguese). Jornal do Commercio. 2007-08-28. Archived from the original on 2005-12-31. Retrieved 2008-09-03. 
  2. ^ "O Rio Capibaribe" (in Portuguese). Terrazul. 2006-01-10. Retrieved 2008-09-03. 
  3. ^ "Rio Capibaribe, Recife" (in Portuguese). Fundação Joaquim Nabuco. 2003-07-11. Archived from the original on 2009-03-05. Retrieved 2008-09-03.