Santiago, Rio Grande do Sul

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Map of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil highlighting Santiago
Map of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil highlighting Santiago
Coordinates: 29°11′30″S 54°52′2″W / 29.19167°S 54.86722°W / -29.19167; -54.86722Coordinates: 29°11′30″S 54°52′2″W / 29.19167°S 54.86722°W / -29.19167; -54.86722
Country  Brazil
Region South
State Rio Grande do Sul
Micro-region Santiago (capital)
Founded January 4, 1984
 • Total 2,413.13 km2 (931.71 sq mi)
Elevation 409 m (1,342 ft)
Population (2015)
 • Total 50,635
 • Density 21/km2 (54/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Santiaguense
Time zone BRT (UTC-3)
 • Summer (DST) BRST (UTC-2)
Postal code 409x
IBGE code 4322376
Distance to capital 450 km (280 mi)

Santiago (Portuguese meaning Saint James) is a municipality of the western part of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. It is the capital of the microregion of Santiago. The population is 50,635 (2015 est.) in an area of 2413.13 km².[1] Its elevation is 361 m. It is located 450 km west of the state capital of Porto Alegre and northeast of Alegrete. Its nickname of the city is "The Land of the Poets".

Santiago Airport serves the city.

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In about 1860, it began the settlement of the region. The colony was first founded by 350 Germans, 14 Belgians, 5 French persons and 4 Swiss persons. Colonel José Maria Pereira de Campos created and organized the colony of Ijuí and brought Europeans to the area. The Italians arrived in the 1880s, as the century passed, with the establishment of the colony of Jaguari, the localities of Sanga da Areia and Ernesto Alves. In 1834, Arsene Isabelle, a French diplomat, in ways between the area, refers to a locality of Boqueirão de Santiago, its existence of three to four ranches. The Germans and the Italians form a large influx of European immigration, a mixture with other nationalities which saw Belgians, Swiss, Polish and French immigration. In synthesis, the colonies were established in 1860 and had diverse types of humans in the municipality of Santiago, with no other municipalities, the population became predominantly European descent.


Santiago has a campus of the Universidade Regional Integrada do Alto Uruguai e das Missões





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