São Félix, Bahia

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São Félix, Bahia
Municipality
Coordinates: 12°36′24.91″S 38°58′9.82″W / 12.6069194°S 38.9693944°W / -12.6069194; -38.9693944Coordinates: 12°36′24.91″S 38°58′9.82″W / 12.6069194°S 38.9693944°W / -12.6069194; -38.9693944
Country  Brazil
Region Nordeste
State Bahia
Population (2017 (est.))
 • Total 15,310
Time zone UTC -3

São Félix, Bahia is a municipality in Bahia, Brazil. The municipality has a population of 15,310 with a population density of 142 inhabitants per square kilometer. It is located 110 km (68 mi) from the state capital of Bahia, Salvador.[1]

São Félix directly faces Cachoeira across the Paraguaçu River; it also borders Muritiba, Maragogipe, Cruz das Almas, São Felipe, and Governador Mangabeira.[1]

São Félix has its origin in a Tupinamba village. In 1534, the Tupinambá village had about 20 huts and a population of approximately two hundred. The Portuguese took the land for the timber trade and to establish sugar cane plantations. Their attempts to enslave the Tupinamba population was unsuccessful and Mem de Sá, Governor-General of the Portuguese colony of Brazil from 1557-1572, expelled them from the region. Slaves were brought from Africa to Bahia beginning in 1549, and to Sao Felix and Cachoeira in 1615. São Félix was separated from Cachoeira in 1889.[1][2]

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  1. ^ a b c "São Félix" (in Portuguese). Brasília, Brazil: Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics). 2017. Retrieved 2017-09-21. 
  2. ^ De Azevedo, Paulo Ormindo (2012). "Cachoeira and São Félix". Lisbon, Portugal: Heritage of Portuguese Influence/Património de Influência Portuguesa. Retrieved 2017-09-24.