Conceição de Ipanema
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The region was first inhabited by Indians Aimorés. The first white to reach those lands was José Pedro de Alcantara, followed by Manoel Francisco de Paula Cunha, the National Guard deserter, fugitive of the War of Santa Luzia, in 1842. The town had its beginning on the farm of Francis Ignatius Fernandes Leon, in 1850. That year, the farmer had built a chapel on his property in honor of Our Lady of Conception. In 1920, a group of people led by José da Luz Laudelino acquired the land and donated the farm to the Catholic Church. From 1917, work began on the German migration to the region with the acquisition of land by the Stream of funnel descendants of German Carlos Henrique Saar, John Kaiser and Anthony Keller with strong influence in the culture of the city.
The town of Conception in the town of Ipanema, grew to become the district on December 27, 1948, by Law No. 336, under the name of Conceição de Ipanema. The district was promoted to the council on December 12, 1953, by Law No. 1039. The January 31, 1955, the City Council was installed and Antonio Heringer became the first mayor, had the vice-mayor José de Oliveira. José Pedro River, which rises at the side of the river flows and Caparaó Doce, the council cut in half, forming four five beaches and waterfalls, recreational items for the population. The river received its name in honor of pioneer José Pedro de Alcantara. The toponymy Conceição de Ipanema is composed of two expressions: Conception is the patroness of the city and Ipanema connects to the name of the neighboring municipality to which belonged. Ipanema word comes from the Tupi language Y-panéma "bad water, bad for river fishing."
ANACLETO, Maria Elza Rodrigues & TEIXEIRA, Rafael Anacleto. A história de Conceição de Ipanema.Ipanema: Centro Universitário de Caratinga, 2008.
CASTRO, Josiana Lopes de, & SILVA, Verônica do Nascimento e. A influência dos costumes alemães na região de Conceição de Ipanema - MG. Ipanema: Centro Universitário de Caratinga, 2008.