Jijoca de Jericoacoara

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Jijoca de Jericoacoara

Jericoacoara
Nickname(s): 
"Jeri"
Location of Jijoca de Jericoacoara in Ceará
Location of Jijoca de Jericoacoara in Ceará
CountryBrazil
RegionNortheast
StateCeará
FoundedMay 6, 1991
Government
 • MayorSergio Herrero Gimenez (PSDB)
Area
 • Total201.858 km2 (77.938 sq mi)
Elevation
22 m (72 ft)
Population
(2008)
 • Total16.447
 • Density82.5/km2 (214/sq mi)
 [1]
Time zoneUTC-03:00
Websitehttp://www.jijocadejericoacoara.ce.gov.br [1]

Jijoca de Jericoacoara (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʒiˈʒɔkɐ d(ʒ)i ʒɛɾikuˌakuˈaɾɐ]) is the northernmost municipality in the Brazilian state of Ceará, near the city of Cruz. It is known for its eponymous beach and national park. It is served by Jericoacoara airport, which opened in 2017.[2]

Name[edit]

The word Jericoacoara comes from Tupi (an indigenous language) and means "lair of turtles (îurukûá means "sea turtle" and kûara means "lair, hole")."

History[edit]

A fact of some historical significance is the report of Vicente Yáñez Pinzón (Captain of Nau Niña, the fleet of Christopher Columbus), which anchored in the bay of Jericoacoara in 1499.[3] But this was not official at the time as a result of the Treaty of Tordesillas, which was signed in the same year.

References[edit]

  1. ^ IBGE 2008 statistics
  2. ^ "Aeroporto de Jericoacoara no Ceará é inaugurado com voo comercial vindo de Congonhas". 24 June 2017. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Jericoacoara's Guide". visitejericoacoara.com. Retrieved 2009-06-03.

Coordinates: 2°47′37″S 40°30′29″W / 2.79361°S 40.50806°W / -2.79361; -40.50806