Location in Bahia
|• Total||2,396.608 km2 (925.336 sq mi)|
|Elevation||10 m (30 ft)|
|• Density||8.9/km2 (23/sq mi)|
Caravelas was founded in 1581 by Portuguese settlers. It was once the centre of a flourishing whale fishery. It is the port of the Bahia & Minas railway. Caravelas is the nearest town to the uninhabited Abrolhos Archipelago. The municipality contains part of the Cassurubá Extractive Reserve, a 100,768 hectares (249,000 acres) sustainable use conservation unit that protects an area of mangroves, river and sea where shellfish are harvested.
The city is served by Caravelas Airport.
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