São Vicente Ferrer, Maranhão

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São Vicente Ferrer
Municipality
Location in Maranhão  state
Location in Maranhão state
São Vicente Ferrer is located in Brazil
São Vicente Ferrer
São Vicente Ferrer
Location in Brazil
Coordinates: 02°24′32″S 44°24′54″W / 2.40889°S 44.41500°W / -2.40889; -44.41500Coordinates: 02°24′32″S 44°24′54″W / 2.40889°S 44.41500°W / -2.40889; -44.41500
Country  Brazil
Region Northeast Region
State Maranhão
Area
 • Total 390 km2 (150 sq mi)
Population (2015)
 • Total 20,678
 • Density 53/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zone BRT (UTC-3)

São Vicente Ferrer is a Brazilian municipality in the state of Maranhão. The estimated population is 20,678 (2015) and the total area is 390 km2.

Location[edit]

The municipality has an average elevation of 16m above sea level.[1] The municipality contains a small part of the Baixada Maranhense Environmental Protection Area, a 1,775,035.6 hectares (4,386,208 acres) sustainable use conservation unit created in 1991 that has been a Ramsar Site since 2000.[2]

Important People[edit]

On December 15, 1980, São Vicente Ferrer became the birthplace of Mestre Raimundo Irineu Serra, founder of the Santo Daime religion. Born to Sanches Serra and Joana Assunção, the young Irineu stayed in São Vicente Ferrer until he left for the Amazon at age 20 in 1910. His nephew, Daniel Serra, returned with his family to live in São Vicente Ferrer in 2006; formally inaugurating the Santo Daime center "Estrela Brilhante" (Bright Star), on March 22, 2010.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IBGE | Cidades | Maranhão | São Vicente Ferrer". cidades.ibge.gov.br. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  2. ^ APA Baixada Maranhense (in Portuguese), ISA: Instituto Socioambiental, retrieved 2016-06-13 
  3. ^ "The Juramidam Family - Santo Daime - Mestre Irineu". afamiliajuramidam.org. Retrieved 2016-04-28.