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March 16, 2004



Brazil Map - Salvador
     Founded 446 years ago, Salvador became the first capital of Brazil, keeping this position for 214 years.(1549-1763).
     The "All Saints bay" (Baia de Todos os Santos) was already known by the Portuguese navigators since 1500; its strategic location in the Brazilian coast, favourable to the route Portugal-Brazil-Africa-Asia and the equidistance betweenhe North and South of Brazil,
Salvador Island
combined with the proper conditions for a safe harbour and correct manoeuvres of the ships determined its choice as the ideal place for the capital of Brazil.
     Portugal followed its national tradition of "upper" and "lower" cities. The city is marked by rigorous topographical limits, which even today impress the visitors.
     The Salvador's colonial architectural group has, without doubt, great importance and has also the Title of "World Cultural Heritage", given by ONU.


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