Porto Alegre, São Tomé and Príncipe

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Porto Alegre
Porto Alegre is located in São Tomé
Porto Alegre
Porto Alegre
Location on São Tomé Island
Coordinates: 0°2′N 6°32′E / 0.033°N 6.533°E / 0.033; 6.533Coordinates: 0°2′N 6°32′E / 0.033°N 6.533°E / 0.033; 6.533
Country  São Tomé and Príncipe
Province São Tomé
District Caué
Population (2008)
 • Total 525
Time zone UTC (UTC+0)

Porto Alegre (Portuguese for "Happy Port") is a village in Caué District on São Tomé Island in São Tomé and Príncipe. Its population is 525 (2008 est.).[1] The locality Alto Douro lies 2.5 km north of Porto Alegre. The whole locality forms a part of Obo Natural Park. As to the entire south part of the island and the district, its primary language is Angolar creole.

The village is the southernmost on the island and is in the southernmost terminus of the main road connecting to São Tome through the island's eastern part, not far is the island's southernmost point at Ponta da Homem de Capo. 3 km south is the equator at Ilhéu das Rolas which is separated by Canal das Rolas. Porto Alegre sits in a small and difficult headland. East is Baía de Iago-Iago (name of Angolan origin) which is 1–2 km. Nearly a kilometer north is Ribeira Salgado.

Agriculture is the dominant industry as well as fishing. Cocoa and coffee has been the dominant crop and covers the whole village's production.

In 1883, Jacinto Carneiro de Sousa Almeira, Viscount Malanza made a couple of cocoa plantations in the area. In 1890, the name Porto Alegre was adopted.


  1. ^ INE, Evolução da população São-Tomense por localidades, 2001/2007-08