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Ceará(sēərä`), state (1996 pop. 6,803,567), 57,149 sq mi (148,015 sq km), c.377,460 sq mi (145,700 sq km), NE Brazil, on the Atlantic Ocean. FortalezaFortaleza
, city (1996 pop. 1,967,365), capital of Ceará state, NE Brazil, a port on the Atlantic Ocean. The city, which is bisected by the Paejú River, is often called Ceará by foreigners.
..... Click the link for more information. (sometimes called Ceará) is the capital. Formerly one of Brazil's poorest states, Ceará underwent massive reform in the late 1980s and 1990s, trimming government, attacking social problems, increasing investment, and promoting tourism.
a state in northeastern Brazil, on the Atlantic coast and the northeastern edge of the Brazilian Highlands. Area, 148,000 sq km. Population, 4.5 million (1970). The capital is Fortaleza.
The economy of Ceará is based on agriculture. The chief crops include cotton, bananas, sugarcane, cassava, corn, beans, coffee, and tobacco; in 1970, the state produced 17 percent of the cotton grown in Brazil. Ceará leads all other states in the amount of carnauba wax produced, with approximately 40 percent of the national total. It also produces natural rubber and some 40 percent of the national Brazil-nut crop. Livestock are bred in the arid regions. Agricultural products are processed locally; there are textile, meat-canning, and sugar industries.