Moinhos de Vento
|Moinhos de Vento|
The Hidráulica Moinhos de Vento and its gardens
Moinhos de Vento within Porto Alegre
|State||Rio Grande do Sul|
Moinhos de Vento received this name because Azorean immigrant families constructed their windmills in its area, during the 18th century. As a matter of fact, wheat production was an important economic enterprise in the then-village of Nossa Senhora de Madre de Deus, nowadays called Porto Alegre.
In 1893, tramcars lead to the development of Moinhos de Vento, where rich and traditional families built their residences. Many of them were business, industrial and political personalities, not only from the city, but also from the state. In 1894, the Independência hippodrome was installed here and horse racings became very popular until the arrival of football. After the hippodrome was transferred to another place, the Moinhos de Vento Park was inaugurated in the site.
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