Pirituba (district of São Paulo)

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Pirituba
Location in the city of São Paulo
Location in the city of São Paulo
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Country Brazil
State São Paulo
City São Paulo
Government
 • Type Subprefecture
 • Subprefect Andrea Catharina Pelizari
Population (2004)
 • Total 161.796
HDI 0.841 –high
Website Subprefecture of Pirituba
Demonym: Piritubano

Pirituba is a district in the subprefecture of Pirituba-Jaraguá in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. It is located in the northwestern side of the city. A person who lives in Pirituba is often called "piritubano".

Pirituba's name origin is the juxtaposition of the Tupi language words piri (Southern cattail, a marshland plant of the Typha genus) and tuba ("many").

History[edit]

In the 19th century, the lands where Pirituba now lies were occupied by coffee farms (Portuguese: fazenda), such as Fazenda Barreto (owned by Luiz Pereira Barreto), Fazenda Anastacio (owned by Anastacio de Freitas Trancoso and later by Rafael Tobias de Aguiar), and Fazenda Jaraguá.[1]

In 1885, the São Paulo Railway opened a train station in Pirituba as part of the Estrada de Ferro Santos-Jundiaí line.

When the owner of the Fazenda Barreto died in 1922, the land was split between his heirs. In the same year the farm's first share was settled, and in 1926 the second share was settled. Those two settlements, together with the initial nucleus established by the train station, become the district's core for development.[2]

Sports[edit]

Pirituba has a strong tradition in sports. One of the first rugby teams of Brazil is from Pirituba,[3] and it has one of the biggest baseball fields in the country.

Attractions in Pirituba[edit]

  • Casa de Nassau - Dutch immigrants' club[4]
  • Casarão do Anastácio - Fazenda Anastácio's farmhouse
  • Parque Cidade de Toronto (Toronto City Park) - opened on July 1, 1992, in a partnership with the Canadian city[5][6]
  • Pico do Jaraguá

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