|Município de Pindamonhangaba
Municipality of Pindamonhangaba
Symbol of aluminum recycling in Pindamonhangaba, which is the largest center for recycling aluminum cans in Latin America.
|Nickname(s): Princesa do Norte (Princess of North)|
|Motto: Pro Patria Semper (Latin)
(Pro Country Always)
Location in the state of São Paulo
|Metropolitan Region||Vale do Paraíba e Litoral Norte|
|Founded||July 10, 1705|
|• Mayor||Vito Ardito Lerário (PSDB (2013–2016))|
|• Total||729.9 km2 (281.8 sq mi)|
|Elevation||540 m (1,770 ft)|
|• Rank||49st in state|
|• Density||220/km2 (570/sq mi)|
|Time zone||BRT (UTC−3)|
|• Summer (DST)||BRST (UTC−2)|
|Postal Code (CEP)||12400-000|
|Area code(s)||(+55) 12|
Pindamonhangaba is a municipality in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, located in the Paraíba valley, between the two most active production and consumption regions in the country, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. It is accessible by the Via Dutra (BR-116 – SP-60 highway) at the 99th km. This place name comes from the Old Tupi language meaning where hooks are made or, according to a different interpretation, where the river bends.
- Estimated population (2015): 160,614 inhabitants
- Total area: 729,9 km² (about 425 mi²)
- Altitude: 540 m
- Tropical climate (Köppen CWA)
- Average annual temperature: 22.4 °C (72.3 °F)
The region then occupied by the Portuguese was Pindamonhangaba at least since July 22, 1643, registering more remote occupation by a certain Captain João Prado Martins. Six years later, on May 17, 1649, the area was formalized as a land grant and donated to the captain. It seems there is no information about what occurred between that date and August 12, 1672, so 13 years later, a chapel was built in honor of São José by brothers Antônio Bicudo Leme and Braz Esteves Leme. The brothers Leme have acquired of the Countess of Vimieiro (Condesa de Vimieiro), the lands north of the town of Taubaté. There is no news of how the allotment had passed from the hands of Captain Prado Martins to the Countess of Vimieiro. Given the uncertainties of history, two recent mayors of the city solved the problem by fiat: Caio Gomes Mayor officiated at the date of August 12, 1672 (Leme brothers) as the founding date of the city and later, Mayor João Bosco Nogueira decreed magna that date the county was founded was the date of emancipation, July 10, 1705.
- Luiz Gustavo, footballer for VfL Wolfsburg.
- João Carlos de Oliveira, athlete, gold medal of triple jump in 1975 Pan American Games.
- Geraldo Alckmin, politician, governor of São Paulo since 2001, was reelected in 2014 for his fourth term consecutive.
- Ciro Gomes, politician, founding member of Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB).
- Brazil, the global leader in can recycling
- "São Paulo-Pindamonhangaba. (IBGE_Cidades) (1 July 2015).". Ibge.gov.br. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
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