Fortaleza has over 2 million and 400 thousand inhabitants. It is the fifth capital of the country in terms of population . The figures show the size of the responsibility that is managing a city like Fortaleza and demonstrates the great interest of Brazilian and foreign who choose the good climate of our city and the company of our people in defining their homes . Our people consists of Ceará from around the state and people from everywhere who come to compose a set of friendly people, hardworking and humorous.
The history of Fortaleza started many years ago when the city came around the Fort of Our Lady of the Assumption, built by the Portuguese. Around the fort, there was a village that gave birth to the fifth largest city in Brazil. The visitor who comes to Fortaleza, now a metropolis admired by tourists worldwide, hardly imagine that she seemed to have little chance to evolve.
While Captaincy, Ceará received no attention. The conquest of the Province began in 1603 with the flag of Pero Coelho de Souza who founded the Fort St. James in Barra do Ceará. His official occupation was started by Martim Soares Moreno, the Portuguese captain who was the inspiration for one of the central characters of the novel "Iracema" by José de Alencar, recovering and expanding the Fort of St. James, and renaming the new fort of São Fort Sebastião.
The fort was occupied by a Dutch expedition that dominated the Ceará from 1640 to 1644. Defeated by the Indians, he returned six years later to the region, led by Matthias Beck, which raises the strong Shoonemborch the banks of Pajeú Creek. The final of the Dutch explusão occurred in 1954 by the Portuguese commander Alvaro de Azevedo Barreto, changing the name to Fort Our Lady of the Assumption.
The creation of the city of Fortaleza took the April 13, 1726, when the population of the Fort was taken to the village of condition. Only in 1823 the Emperor Dom Pedro I raised the village to city status.
In the twentieth century fortress undergoes major urban changes, including improvements and the rural exodus, and grows very coming to the end of the 1910s and the seventh city in population of Brazil. Between the 1950s and 1960s the city undergoes an economic growth that exceeds 100% and starts occupying more distant neighborhoods of the center. By the late 70 begins to emerge as a future industrial hub of the Northeast with the implementation of the Industrial District of Fortaleza. During the political opening after the military regime the people elected the first woman mayor of Ceará, Maria Luiza and the first city hall commanded by a left-wing party. At the end of the century the administration of the prefecture and the city undergo several structural changes with the opening of several avenues, hospitals, cultural centers and emerging as one of the leading tourist destinations in the Northeast and Brazil.
The natural beauty of our beaches and the proximity to the cold climate of the mountains close to Fortaleza, as Maranguape, Baturité and Guaramiranga, are among the highlights that attract large groups to our city. The beaches, the warm water and the sun almost all year round, are good reasons to vacation or visit seasons. Lull in some places, winds and waves in other divide swimmers, surfers and water sports in general.
Combined with nature is the Ceará cuisine, another highlight. Fish stew, crab and the traditional ballad two are among the delicacies. State within the coming are the boiled mutton, sun meat, the panelada, oxtail and over a dozen strong and delicious dishes.
The talent of our humorists, revealed nationally, also moves the city almost every day of the week. Concerts take place on beaches stalls, restaurants and theaters in the city.
The forró, rhythm known by joy and sensuality that transmits, gets new readings here. From Monday to Monday, you can dance forró in Fortaleza. And who does not know will not have to worry, always you have a (a) partner (a) gentle to teach the first steps.
Fortaleza has a very active and diversified trade, which in no way is due to the country's largest centers. Besides the city center of trade, it has 22 shopping malls that cater to consumers in its main neighborhoods. Its industrial production is basically focused in the fields of clothing, shoes, cloth goods, hides and skins – food, extraction and processing of non-metallic minerals and textiles.
Sources: Municipality of Fortaleza and Site: http://www.fortaleza.com.br/
The State of Ceará, also known as "Land of Light", is in a privileged geographical position. Located near the line of Ecuador, has warm and pleasant climate all year round. With about 6.8 million inhabitants, it has 573 kilometers of beautiful beaches and an average temperature of 27 degrees.
Besides the beaches, Ceará has a rich hinterland in cultural movements and saws with typically European climate. Ceara is configured today in the tourist scene as one of the most sought after places to visit. Thousands of tourists from around the world annually visit our state, looking for our warm climate and our friendly people.
Among other idyllic settings, we can mention beaches such as Jericoacoara, Morro Branco, Canoa Quebrada and Mundaú. Some of these beaches are still home to fishermen colony, which embody local regionalism.
The evening program is one of the best, with bars, restaurants and entertainment venues.
For those who like humor, Ceará is the ideal place.
The state has been strengthening a tradition of great humorists, that stand out throughout Brazil. Throughout the year they can be seen in shows for Fortaleza and other cities. The cultural route is also busy. Ceara annually hosts film festivals (Cine Ceará), theater (Northeast Guaramiranga Festival Theatre) and jazz (Guaramiranga Festival – Jazz and Blues).
Come see what the Ceara has to offer!
"I'm from a land that people suffer
But does not detract from demand and win.
The beloved land, the beautiful cabocla
Laughter in the mouth mocks the suffering
I do not deny my blood, I do not deny my name
I look at hunger, I ask what is it?
I am Brazilian, Northeastern son,
I am Goat Plague, I do Ceará ".
Patativa do Assaré
Antonio Gonçalves da Silva, better known as
Patativa do Assaré (Assaré, March 5, 1909 – Assaré,
July 8, 2002) was a popular poet, composer, singer
and Brazilian improviser.