São Vicente


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São Vicente

(souN vēsĕn`tĭ), city (1996 pop. 279,620), São Paulo state, SE Brazil, off the mainland on an island in the Atlantic. It was the first permanent Portuguese settlement (1532) in Brazil and during the 16th and parts of the 17th cent. was capital of the São Vicente captaincy. It was sacked in 1591 by the English pirate Thomas Cavendish. São Vicente is now a residential suburb of Santos (which is also on the island) and an ultramodern beach resort.

São Vicente

 

a city in southeastern Brazil, in São Paulo State; situated on São Vicente Island, near Santos. Population, 116,000 (1970). São Vicente has a railroad station. The city is the center of an agricultural region specializing in bananas. Local industry includes food processing and the production of tannins and glass.

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