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Location in Bahia
Location in Bahia
Caravelas is located in Brazil
Location of Caravelas in Brazil
Coordinates: 17°43′55″S 39°15′58″W / 17.732°S 39.266°W / -17.732; -39.266Coordinates: 17°43′55″S 39°15′58″W / 17.732°S 39.266°W / -17.732; -39.266
Country Brazil
State Bahia
 • Total 2,396.608 km2 (925.336 sq mi)
Elevation 10 m (30 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 21,437
 • Density 8.9/km2 (23/sq mi)

Caravelas is a fishing village of about 20,000 inhabitants in southern Bahia, Brazil, a few miles above the mouth of the Caravelas River.

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.[1] 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.[2]

The city is served by Caravelas Airport.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ O Arquipélago dos Abrolhos
  2. ^ RESEX do Cassurubá (in Portuguese), ISA: Instituto Ambiental, retrieved 2016-06-22 

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Caravellas". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.