Marechal Deodoro, Alagoas

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Coordinates: 09°42′36″S 35°53′42″W / 9.71000°S 35.89500°W / -9.71000; -35.89500

Marechal Deodoro is a municipality and an important tourist center of Alagoas, Brazil. Its population is 42,793 (2005) and its area is 334 km².[1] The town was the first capital of Alagoas state.

History[edit]

The city was founded as Vila Madalena in 1611, and features a number of historical buildings from the colonial period. It was also referred to as Alagoas, or the City of Alagoas. The first president of the Republic of Brazil, Marshal (Portuguese: Marechal) Deodoro da Fonseca, was born in Vila Madalena; the city was later renamed in his honour.

Famous inhabitants[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics - "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-01-09. Retrieved 2007-01-09.