|Nickname(s): City of the Flowers|
Location within Rio Grande do Sul
|State||Rio Grande do Sul|
|Mesoregion||Metropolitan Porto Alegre|
|Founded||19 October 1964|
|• Mayor||Arnaldo Kney|
|• Total||63.15 km2 (24.38 sq mi)|
|Elevation||127 m (417 ft)|
|• Density||350/km2 (900/sq mi)|
|Time zone||BRT (UTC-3)|
|• Summer (DST)||BRST (UTC-2)|
Originally occupied by indigenous people since 12,000 years ago (known as the Umbu Tradition), the area started to be explored by bandeirantes in the 18th Century and later was used as a rout to transport cattle. The first Europeans to settle in the area were German immigrants that arrived in the Sinos River Valley in 1824, coming from the Rhine region in southwestern Germany.
The area encompassing Ivoti was originally known as Berghahnerschneiss (Bergahner's aisle) because members of the German family Berghahner were the first to settle in the area. After the provincial law number 635 from 4 November 1867, the area was officially named Bom Jardim (Portuguese for Good Garden) and constituted the third discritct of São Leopoldo.
The name Bom Jardim, chosen because the land was favourable for cultivating flowers, was changed by the law number 7.199 from 31 May 1938 to Ivoti, from Tupi-Guarani yvoty, meaning flower. For that reason, the city is currently nicknamed Cidade das Flores (Portuguese for City of the Flowers).
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