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Amazonas (Brazilian state)

Amazonas State
Estado do Amazonas
Flag of Amazonas State
Coat of arms of Amazonas State
Coat of arms
Location of State of Amazonas in Brazil
Location of State of Amazonas in Brazil
Country  Brazil
Capital and largest city Manaus
 • Governor Jose Melo de Oliveira
 • Vice Governor Henrique Oliveira
 • Legislature Legislative Assembly
 • Total 1,570,745.7 km2 (606,468.3 sq mi)
Area rank 1st
Population (2013)[1]
 • Total 3,807,923
 • Rank 14th
 • Density 2.4/km2 (6.3/sq mi)
 • Density rank 26th
Demonym(s) Amazonense, Amazonic.
 • Year 2013 estimate
 • Total

R$ (15th)

(USD 32,815,610,122.80)
 • Per capita

R$ 23.043 (9th)

(USD 9,138.34)
 • Year 2010
 • Category 0.674 – medium (18th)
Time zones BRT–2 (UTC–5)
BRT–1 (UTC–4)
Postal Code 69000-000 to 69290-000
69400-000 to 69890-000
ISO 3166 code BR-AM

Amazonas (Portuguese pronunciation: ) is a state of Brazil, located in the northwestern corner of the country. It is the largest Brazilian State by area and the 9th largest country subdivision in the world.

Neighbouring states are (from the north clockwise) Roraima, Pará, Mato Grosso, Rondônia, and Acre. It also borders Peru, Colombia and Venezuela. This includes the Departments Amazonas, Vaupés and Guainía in Colombia, as well as the Amazonas State, Venezuela, and the Loreto Region in Peru.

Amazonas is named after the Amazon River, and was formerly part of the Spanish Viceroyalty of Peru, a region called Spanish Guyana. It was settled by the Portuguese in the early 18th century and incorporated into the Portuguese empire after the Treaty of Madrid in 1750. It became a state of the Brazilian Republic in 1889.

Most of the state is tropical jungle; cities are clustered along navigable waterways and are accessible only by boat or plane. The capital and largest city is Manaus, a modern city of 1.7 million inhabitants in the middle of the jungle on the Amazon River 1,500 km upstream from the Atlantic Ocean. Nearly half the state's population lives in the city; the other large cities, Parintins, Manacapuru, Itacoatiara, Tefé, and Coari are also along the Amazon River in the eastern half of the state.


  • Etymology 1
  • History 2
    • Administrative evolution 2.1
    • Rise of the rainforest 2.2
    • Indians 2.3
    • The politics of dominion 2.4
    • Spanish conquistadores and Jesuits 2.5
    • English, Dutch and French outposts 2.6
    • Portuguese usurpation 2.7
      • The borders of Brazil 2.7.1
    • Age of rebellion 2.8
    • Rubber and economic exploitation 2.9
    • Development and deforestation 2.10
      • Tapajos gold rush 2.10.1
  • Geography 3
  • Climate 4
  • Vegetation 5
  • Demographics 6
    • Largest cities 6.1
  • Statistics 7
  • Economy 8
    • Tourism 8.1
      • Ecotourism 8.1.1
      • Heritage and Culture sites 8.1.2
  • Education 9
    • Educational institutions 9.1
  • Culture 10
    • The main theaters of the Amazonas 10.1
    • The main museums of the Amazonas 10.2
    • Shopping centers in the Amazonas 10.3
  • Infrastructure 11
    • International airport 11.1
    • Highways 11.2
  • Sports 12
  • See also 13
  • For Further Reading 14
  • Notes 15
  • References 16
  • External links 17


The name was originally given to the Amazon River that runs through the state by the Spaniard Francisco de Orellana in 1541. Claiming to have come across a warlike tribe of Indians, with whom he fought, he likened them to the Amazons of Greek mythology, giving them the same name. An etymological alternative put forward by historian Karl Lokotsch, the name derives from an indigenous word, amasunu, that means "sound of water, water rumbles".


Administrative evolution

Amazonas State
Adopted Jan. 14, 1982
Design 25 stars for municipalities of August 4, 1897, the larger one for the capital Manaus. Two white bars for hope, red bar for struggles overcome.
Amazonas was originally the captaincy of São Jose do Rio Negro, then a District of Grão-Pará, which became a province and finally a state of Brazil.

1616 Captaincy of Maranhao begins westward expansion

1751 Maranhão reconstituted as state of Grão-Pará e Maranhão

1755 Captaincy of Rio Negro split off

1757 Captaincy of Rio Negro rejoined

1772 Grão-Pará e Rio Negro split from Grão-Pará e Maranhão.

1775 Captaincy of Grão-Pará of state of Brazil.

1821 Province of Pará

1822 Pará province of independent Brazil.

1832 Creation of Judicial District of the Upper Amazonas, under Pará.

1850 Province of Amazonas split from Pará

1889 State of Amazonas


1755 village of São José do Javari; it became the vila Maryua

1758, Maryua is elevated to a town and called Barcelos

1788–1799, capital moved to Barra do Rio Negro;

1799–1808 The capital was again in Barcelos

1808 Barra do Rio Negro the capital, renamed Manaus in 1832

Rise of the rainforest

See Also History of South America#Amazon and Amazon Rainforest#History

At one time Amazon River flowed westward, perhaps as part of a proto-Congo (Zaire) river system from the interior of present-day Africa when the continents were joined as part of western Gondwana. Fifteen million years ago, the Andes were formed by the collision of the South American Plate with the Nazca Plate (eastern Pacific oceanic) plate. The rise of the Andes and the linkage of the Brazilian and Guyana bedrock shields, blocked the river and caused the Amazon to become a vast inland sea. Gradually this inland sea became a massive swampy, freshwater lake and the marine inhabitants adapted to life in freshwater. For example, over 20 species of stingray, most closely related to those found in the Pacific Ocean, can be found today in the freshwaters of the Amazon.

About ten million years ago, waters worked through the sandstone to the west and the Amazon began to flow eastward. At this time the Amazon rainforest was born. During the Ice Age, sea levels dropped and the great Amazon lake rapidly drained and became a river. Three million years later, the ocean level receded enough to expose the Central American isthmus and allow mass migration of mammal species between the Americas.

The Ice Ages caused tropical rainforest around the world to retreat. Although debated, it is believed that much of the Amazon reverted to savanna and montane forest. Savanna divided patches of rainforest into "islands" and separated existing species for periods long enough to allow genetic differentiation (a similar rainforest retreat took place in Africa. Delta core samples suggest that even the mighty Congo watershed was void of rainforest at this time). When the ice ages ended, the forest was again joined and the species that were once one had diverged significantly enough to be constitute designation as separate species, adding to the tremendous diversity of the region. About 6,000 years ago, sea levels rose about 130 meters, once again causing the river to be inundated like a long, giant freshwater lake.


The pre-Columbian Amazonas was inhabited by seminomadic peoples whose livelihood mixed occasional agriculture with a fishing and hunter-gatherer lifestyle. Because of Christopher Columbus' misunderstanding of the continent at which he had arrived, the native population were and are denominated "índios" by the Portuguese. Approximately two thousand Indian tribes lived in the region in the sixteenth century, perhaps amounting to some millions of people, but phenomena such as disease and assimilation to Brazilian culture caused their numbers to fall to approximately three hundred thousand, and two hundred tribes, by the end of the twentieth century. Certain uncontacted tribes still exist in the region.

The politics of dominion

In colonial days, who owned what was determined by a combination of exploration, occupation, agreement (treaty) and evangelism. And of course by what could be taken or held by military force. Scant account was taken of the rights and claims of indigenous peoples – they got whatever was not wanted or could not be settled by the European colonial powers. (Today, indigenous people do not exercise sovereignty over any part of the New World.) The contending parties were the sea-faring European powers of Portugal, Spain, England, France and Holland. These being dominantly Catholic countries, they shared a supermediary, the pope. The process of claiming dominion extended from the accidental arrival to the New World by Columbus in 1492, until the signing of the Treaty of El Pardo (1778) (South America) (cf the Monroe Doctrine 1823 (Latin America) and the policy of "manifest destiny" ~1845 (North America)).

Chief among the treaties were the Treaty of Torsedillas in 1494, the Treaty of Zaragoza in 1529, the Treaty of Madrid 1750, and the several Treaties of El Pardo 1760s–1770s. First Treaty of San Ildefonso, 1777 nullifies treaty of Madrid.

The Portuguese Crown later asserted the principle of uti possidetis with respect to the region. During this time was first asserted the principle from Roman law of uti possidetis, ita possideatis, (Latin, "who has possession, has dominion"), analogous to English common law "Squatters rights"[Note 1] Due account may have been taken of John Locke's labour theory of property.[2]

The issues originated from the conflict between what was granted by law in the 1494 Treaty of Torsedillas, and the subsequent reality of colonial expansion. Spanish eastward expansion from the Pacific coastal plains had been restrained by the rise of the Andes, while Portuguese westward expansion had been aided by the waterways and lowlands of the mighty Amazon. The Treaty of Madrid, finalizing the border between the newly independent state of Uruguay and southern Portuguese Brazil, had first enunciated the principle that new states, at the time of their creation shall have dominion over the lands that were settled as colonies. It implicitly opened the door to claims by prior possession in the vast lands of the north.

Spanish conquistadores and Jesuits

By the Treaty of Tordesillas (1494), the whole Amazon basin was in the area of the Spanish Crown. The mouth of a great river was discovered by Spanish conquistador Vicente Yáñez Pinzón, who reached it in February 1500, followed by his cousin Diego de Lepe, in April of that year. He called the river Río Santa María de la Mar Dulce (River of Saint Mary of the Sweet Sea) on account of the large freshwater estuary extending into the sea at its mouth.

In 1541, Spanish conquistadores Gonzalo Pizarro and Francisco de Orellana, from Quito, Ecuador, crossed the Andes Mountains and explored the course of the river to the Atlantic Ocean. The indigenous people called this river the Conoris.[Note 2] The myth of women warriors on the river has spread in the accounts and books, without any popular scope,[3] still making those regions to receive names of warriors of Greek mythology, the Amazons — among them the largest river in the region that became known as the Amazon River. Early publications, as was the style of the day, called the river after its European explorer, the Orellana.

Also in the 16th century, there were the expeditions of conquistadores Pedro de Ursúa and Lope de Aguirre in search of the legendary El Dorado, the Lost City of Gold (1559–1561)

Spanish Jesuit missions were the first settlements upstream on the Amazon. As many as 30 missions were founded in Amazon territory, seven in Brazil, between 1638 and 1727.[Note 3] The municipality of Silves on an island of Lake Saracá is one of the oldest in the Amazon, originating in a Mercedarian Indian mission founded in 1663. By the early 18th century, they were destroyed by the Portuguese, depopulated by smallpox, or their indigenous residents taken away as slaves by Portuguese Bandeirantes. A few were taken over by Portuguese Carmelites. The destruction of the missions was the end of Spanish claims in western Amazonia. Only one is a populated place today, San Pablo, now the municipality of São Paulo de Olivença.

English, Dutch and French outposts

Starting about 1580, without effective occupation, English, Dutch, Irish (and even some French) searching for so-called Drogas do Sertão (spices of the backlands[Note 4]) had established some outposts upstream of the mouth of the Amazon.

Portuguese usurpation

For prior history of Amazonian Brazil, see Pará#History.

From at least the time of the Tordesillas Treaty in 1494[Note 5] until the Treaty of Madrid in 1750, the region of the upper Amazon was part of the Spanish Viceroyalty of Peru (Viceroyalty of New Granada after 1717). Everything north of the Amazon (Solimões) and west of the Nhamundá River (Yamundá, in Spanish), an affluent of the left bank of the Amazon that forms the boundary of Amazonas with Pará, was known as Spanish Guyana.

Portuguese expansion westward and northward of the Torsedillas Line began from the frontier of the northern-most captaincy of Maranhão with the expulsion of the French from São Luis in 1615, and the founding of Belém at the mouth of the Amazon in 1616. Exploration and colonization thence followed the waterway upstream.

There are accounts of Portuguese Carmelite missionaries active in the Solimões area, upstream of the Rio Negro, as early as the 1620s, but permanent settlements weren't established for another 80 years, so the records are nebulous. The first documented Portuguese foray into upper Amazonia was the expedition of Portuguese explorer and military officer Pedro Teixeira, who followed the great river from the Atlantic Ocean to Quito, Equador with 70 soldiers and 1,200 Indians in forty-seven great canoes (1637–1639). He returned by the same route, arriving back in Belem in 1639. According to the Portuguese, Pedro Teixeira placed a possession marker at the upper Japurá River in 1639. Soon after that the Portuguese bandeirante António Raposo Tavares, whose bandeira, leaving the captaincy of São Vicente travelling overland, reached the Andes, and following the Amazon River, returned to Belém, visiting a total of about 12,000 kilometres (7,500 mi), between 1648 and 1651.

Tropical jungle is hostile and impenetrable. Aboriginal as well as European settlements were exclusively along the waterways. Portuguese expansion generally was east to west, and from the main channel, the Solimões, north and south along the tributaries. The character of the settlements was of three kinds: defense and occupation (fortes), economic (feitorias), and evangelical (missãos). The first permanent Portuguese settlements in the region were Itacoatiara 176 km east of Manaus, founded in 1655 by Portuguese Jesuit Padre António Vieira as Mission of Aroaquis on the island of Aibi near the mouth of Lake Arauató, followed by São Gabriel, founded in 1668 as < > by Franciscan Friar Theodósio[Teodózio or Teodósio] da Veiga and Captain Pedro da Costa Favela on the Rio Negro, near the mouth of the Rio Aruím. In 1761, a fort was built on the location, and the settlement became the town of São Gabriel da Cachoeira. The first missionary aldea of the Portuguese in the Negro was that known as Santo Elias dos Tarumas (originally aldeia of Nossa Senhora da Conceição, and later called Airão), dating from 1692.

The capital Manaus, was founded in 1693–94 as the Fort of São José do Rio Negro (later called Lugar da Barra do Rio Negro or "place on the shore of Rio Negro") on the confluence of the Rio Negro and Solimões Rivers.

The Royal Charter of 1693 divided Amazonia among the Jesuits, Carmelites, Capuchines and Franciscans: the Jesuits restricted their activities to the south bank of the Amazon upstream to the mouth of the Madeira; the north shore of the Amazon as far as the Trombetas fell to the Franciscans, to the mouth of the Rio Negro to the Mercedarians, and the Negro itself and the Solimoes to the Carmelites. The Portuguese Carmelites got a later start than the Spanish Jesuits, but their impact was more durable. Between 1697 and 1757, they established eight missions on the Solimões and nine on the Rio Negro.[Note 6] In addition, there were a few Portuguese Jesuit missions in the Solimões. In 1731, Portuguese Jesuits received orders from the Governor Luiz de Vasconcellos Lobo to establish two aldeias above the mouth of the Rio Negro, one on the right bank of the Orellana [Solimões], between the eastern mouth of the Javari and the Carmelite aldeia of São Pedro; the other at the western mouth of the great river Japurá. This was the beginning of what came to be called the Jesuit–Carmelite War.

Antidote to settlement was disease: fierce smallpox epidemics in 1661, 1695, 1724, and 1743/49 left the region nearly depopulated. A Carmelite Friar had notable success with the method of variolation in 1729, but the technique wasn't propagated. The Jenner cowpox vaccine wasn't introduced in Brazil until 1808. Variolation was prohibited in 1840, and vaccination was mandated in 1854. But epidemics got worse until finally perering out around the turn of the century.

Within the project of occupying the Amazon hinterland, was formed the royal captaincy of São José do Rio Negro subordinate to Para, in Mar. 1755, with headquarters in the village of Mariuá, (now Barcelos).

The borders of Brazil

The boundary between the Portuguese and Spanish domination of the Amazon was eventually fixed at the Rio Javari (river that rises on the border between Amazonas state, Brazil, and Loreto department, Peru) by the Treaty of Madrid in 1750.

By the mid-18th century, the effective boundary between the two empires, the Spanish Viceroyalty of Peru and Portuguese Brazil, had shifted to the area of the confluence of the Rio Negro and Amazon Rivers, in upper Amazonia. While the Treaty of Madrid in 1750 implicitly recognized the principle of , it didn't actually specify the northern borders of the country. At that time, the border of contention between Spanish and Portuguese domains was in the upper Solimões, at the junction of the Rio Negro. In the upper Salomoes, Spanish missionary influence was being displaced, and the Viceroy was indifferent to colonization, but Portuguese settlements were not yet established. Part of the northern boundary between Brazil and what was then British Guyana, was set by the Spanish Boundary-line Commission of Yturriaga and Solano (1757-1763). After two indecisive wars between Portuguese and Spanish colonial forces 1761–1763 and 1776–1777, the border between the Spanish and Portuguese possessions, the Viceroyalty of Peru (and successor states) and Grão-Pará region of Brazil, was set between 1781 and 1791 by negotiation.

Age of rebellion

In 1821, Grão-Pará and Rio Negro provinces became the unified Grão-Para. The following year, Brazil proclaimed its independence and Grao-Para became the Province of Para of state of Brazil.

At the time of the independence in Brazil in 1822, residents of the village proclaimed themselves independent, establishing a provisional government. When D. Pedro declared independence, in 1822, he had to fight also the provinces of Grão-Pará and Maranhão. In 1823, a ship commanded by British officer John Pascoe Grenfell arrived at the port of Belém, to combat rebels. Only in August 1824 did the new governor swore loyalty to the Brazilian Emperor. The Province of Pará, including the comarca of Rio Negro, the upper Amazon region, was incorporated into the Empire of Brazil in 1824.

A revolt in 1832 demanded the autonomy of the Amazon as a separate province of Pará. The rebellion was suppressed, but the Amazons were able to send a representative to the Imperial Court, Friar José dos Santos Inocentes, who got up the creation of the District of the Upper Amazon. During Cabanagem in 1835-40, the Amazon remained loyal to the imperial government and not joined the revolt.

As a sort of reward for loyalty, the Province of Amazonas was officially created by Dom Pedro II in 1850.

Rubber and economic exploitation

From the mid 19th century, the territory began to receive migrants from the northeast seeking a better life. Attracted by the rubber boom, they settled in important Amazonian cities such as Manaus, Tabatinga, Parintins, Itacoatiara and Barcelos, the first capital of Amazonas.

The state had an era of splendor in the 1850s, at the peak of the rubber boom. However, the economic gains were largely the result of great human suffering: untold thousands of enslaved Amerindian seringueiros (rubber tappers) died through disease and overwork.

By the late 19th century, the Brazilian rubber monopoly was slowly dying, as British and Dutch plantations in South-East Asia were producing cheaper, superior quality rubber, and by 1900 the Amazonas state had fallen into serious economic decline.

The state capital of Manaus had once been a rich city (it received street lighting and streetcars before London) but had largely fallen into disrepair after the end of the rubber boom.[4][5]

Development and deforestation

It was not until the 1950s that federal government policy rescued the state from complete financial ruin. In 1967, the federal government implemented a plan to revive the city of Manaus, and today the city is the financial centre of the region.

20% of South Americas rainforest has been lost in the last 40 years.

Tapajos gold rush

In 1958 a prospector found gold in one tributary of the Tapajos River. This discovery triggered the largest gold rush in Brazil’s history, which lasted until the mid-1990s.


The state is home to the highest mountain in Brazil, Pico da Neblina, a tepui which stands at 2,994 metres (9,823 ft) above sea level.


The average temperature varies very little by season, between 26–28 °C. The rainfall varies between 50 and 250 mm per month, averaging 2100 mm per year.

Most of the state is tropical rainforest climate a type of tropical climate in which there is no dry season—all months have mean precipitation values of at least 60 mm. Its latitude is within five degrees of the equator—which is dominated by the Intertropical Convergence Zone. The equatorial climate is denoted Af in the Köppen climate classification.

Vitória Régia, in Amazonas River.


Aerial view of the Amazon Rainforest, near Manaus.

Amazonas is almost entirely covered by the Amazon Rainforest, 98% according to officials,[6] and it is divided into three types of habitat, viz:

  • igapos – permanently flooded land, roots of vegetation always submerged
  • varzeas – higher than igapos, land is only submerged when rivers are at their highest during the wet season
  • low plateau – higher still, never submerged

The Amazon represents over half of the planet's remaining rainforests and comprises the largest and most species-rich tract of tropical rainforest in the world. Wet tropical forests are the most species-rich biome, and tropical forests in the Americas are consistently more species rich than the wet forests in Africa and Asia.[7] As the largest tract of tropical rainforest in the Americas, the Amazonian rainforests have unparalleled biodiversity. More than 13 of all species in the world live in the Amazon Rainforest.[8] and species are discovered on an almost daily basis. The largest biodiversity of the planet is present across the State of Amazonas, generating great surprise in its visitors.

The Amazon rainforest at Manaus


This population represents 1.8% of the population in Brazil.

The chief commercial cities are: Benjamin Constant, Tefé, Lábrea, Eirunepe, Manicoré, Barcelos, Manacapuru, Itacoatiara and Parintins.[9]

The state achieved a very great population growth in the early 20th century, due to the golden period of rubber, and after installation of the Industrial Pole of Manaus, in the 1960s. The state still maintains population rates above the national average. In the 1950s the state had a population growth of 3.6% per year, while Brazil has maintained a growth of 3.2%. In the period between the years 1991 and 2000, Amazon grew by 2.7% per annum while the national average remained at 1.6%. For 2010, the estimate is 3,473,856 inhabitants .

The composition of Amazonian population by gender shows that for every 100 female residents of the state there are 96 men; this small imbalance between the sexes is because women have a life expectancy of eight years higher than that of men. However, the migration to the state is mostly male.

The capital, Manaus is the largest city in the northern region, with about 1.7 million inhabitants. 45% of the state's population lives in the city.

Amazonas is the second largest precinct in northern Brazil, with 2,030,549 voters,[10] according to the Superior Electoral Court.

Urbanization: 77.6% (2006); Population growth: 3.3% (1991–2000); Houses: 819,000 (2006).[11]

The last PNAD (National Research for Sample of Domiciles) census revealed the following numbers: 2,489,000 Brown (Multiracial) people (74.3%), 703,000 White people (21.0%), 144,000 Black people (4.3%), 13,000 Asian or Amerindian people (0.4%).[12]

Largest cities



The industrial sector is the largest component of GDP at 69.9%, followed by the service sector at 26.5%. Agriculture represents 3.6% of GDP (2004). Amazonas exports: mobile phones 48.7%, others electronics 19.5%, motorcycles 7.7% (2002).

Share of the Brazilian economy: 2.6% (2005).

Amazonas' economy was once reliant almost entirely upon rubber; today it has wide and varied industries, including the farming of cassava, oranges, and other agricultural products.

Recently the Brazilian government is pursuing the development of industries whose main focus will be the exporting of consumer goods. Due to its geographical proximity to the markets in the northern hemisphere and Amazon countries, like Venezuela, they believe this move will have a great economic impact not only in the north region of Brazil but in the entire country.

Over the last decades, a system of federal investments and tax incentives have turned the surrounding region into a major industrial center (the Zona Franca of Manaus). The mobile phone companies Nokia, Sagem, Gradiente and BenQ-Siemens run mobile phone manufacturing plants in Manaus. Also, many other major electronics manufacturers such as Sony and LG have plants there. The plastic lens manufacturer Essilor also has a plant here.


Tourism is now focused on ecotourism, centered in the cities of Manaus, Presidente Figueredo, Parintins, Barcelos and Sao Gabriel da Cachoeira.


Sunset in Sao Gabriel da Cachoeira, Amazonas, Brazil.
  • Amazon Rainforest.
  • Amazon River
  • Meeting of the Waters
  • Rio Negro
  • Anavilhanas Archipelago - The world’s largest fresh water archipelago of river islands, Anavilhanas is located on the Rio Negro in the Brazilian Amazon - 100 km upstream from Manaus.
Anavilhanas Park, Amazonas, Manaus, Brazil.
  • Lago Janauari Ecological Park
  • Mountains of Neblina, March 31, Rondon, Akara.
  • Amazon Jungle Hikes & Canopy Tours
  • Adolpho Ducke Botanical Garden
Amazon River, Amazonas, the largest river in Brazil.
  • Mamiraua Reserve
  • Assutuba Beach
  • Tupe Beach
Adolpho Lisboa Municipal Market in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil.

Heritage and Culture sites

  • City of Manaus.
  • City of Parintins.
  • City of Sao Gabriel da Cachoeira (Indigenous tribes: Baniwa, Yanomami and Tukano, the mountain of the Sleeping Beauty and Hill of the Six Lakes).
  • Amazonas Theater.
  • Ponta Negra Beach
  • Presidente Figueiredo
  • Balbina Lake.
  • Municipal Park of Mindú.
  • Manaus CIGS Zoo.
  • The Science Grove.
  • Centro Cultural Palácio Rio Negro.
  • Boi-Bumbas of Parintins Festival.
  • Adolpho Lisboa Municipal Market.


Portuguese is the official national language, and thus the primary language taught in schools. But English and Spanish are part of the official high school curriculum.

Nheengatu, an indigenous Tupian language, has also official status in the municipality of São Gabriel da Cachoeira and has a few thousand speakers in that region.

Educational institutions

  • Federal University of Amazonas (UFAM) (Portuguese: Universidade Federal do Amazonas);
  • University of the State of Amazonas (UEA) (Portuguese: Universidade do Estado do Amazonas);
  • Federal Institute of Amazonas (IFAM) (Portuguese: Instituto Federal do Amazonas).
  • National Institute of Amazonian Research (Portuguese: Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia).
  • Paulista University (Unip-AM) (Universidade Paulista ).
  • University Nilton Lins.
  • Lutheran University of Brazil (Universidade Luterana do Brasil (ULBRA)).
  • University Center of Amazon Higher Education (Portuguese: Centro Universitário de Educação Superior de Amazonas (CIESA)).
  • Instituto de Ensino Superior Materdei.
  • University Literatus (Uni-Cel).
  • Metropolitan College (FAMETRO) (Portuguese: Faculdade Metropolitana).
  • Amazon Baptist Graduate School (ESBAM) (Portuguese: Escola Superior Batista do Amazonas).
  • Laureate International University Uninorte (Laureate Uninorte).
  • DeVry Martha Falcao.
  • Unilasalle.


Amazonas Theater, the location of the opera festival .

The state also holds one of the greatest folkloric festivals of the country: Parintins Folklore Festival, which combines music, dance and all the cultural roots of the state, and the Amazonas Opera Festival.

The main theaters of the Amazonas

  • Manauara Theater.
  • Chaminé Theater.
  • LaSalle Theater.
  • Amazonas Theater (The most famous).
  • Cultural Center Peoples of Amazonia.

The main museums of the Amazonas

  • MUSA - Amazonia Museum.
  • Indians Museum (Museu do Índio).
  • Casa Eduardo Ribeiro Museum.
  • Paço da Liberdade Museum.
  • Museum of Natural Sciences.
  • Caucho Museum or Seringal Museum (Official name: Museu do Seringal).

Shopping centers in the Amazonas

  • Manauara Shopping Center.
  • Amazonas Shopping Center.
  • ViaNorte Mall.
  • Ponta Negra Mall.
  • Millennium Shopping.
  • Sumauna Park and Shopping Center.
  • Cidade Leste Mall.
  • Grande Circular Shopping.
  • UAI São José Mall.
  • Parintins Mall.


International airport

Eduardo Gomes International Airport(MAO) in Manaus employs roughly 3,300 people, among employees of Infraero, public agencies, concession holders, airlines and auxiliary services. The airport has two passenger terminals, one for scheduled flights and the other for regional aviation. It also has three cargo terminals: Terminal I was opened in 1976, Terminal II in 1980 and Terminal III in 2004. Eduardo Gomes International Airport is Brazil's third largest in freight movement, handling the import and export demand from the Manaus Industrial Complex.


BR-174, BR-210, BR-230, BR-307, BR-317, BR-319, BR-411, BR-413.


Manaus is one of the host cities of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, for which Brazil is the host nation. There are other small soccer stadiums in the Amazonas, they are:

  • Stadium Carlos Zamith.
  • Stadium Roberto Simonsen.
Amazon Arena FIFA games host the 2014 World Cup.
  • Stadium of Colina.
  • Stadium Gilberto Mestrinho.
  • Stadium Tupy Cantahede.
  • Stadium Floro de Mendonça.
  • Stadium Francisco Garcia.
  • Among other stadiums in the Amazonas.

The Amazonia Arena is the largest stadium in the Amazonas, it was built to host some matches of the FIFA World Cup of 2014 and will host some soccer matches of the 2016 Olympic Games.

See also

For Further Reading

  • Jackson, Joe (2008) The Thief at the End of the World: Rubber, Power, and the Seeds of Empire
  • Levy, Buddy (2011) River of Darkness: Francisco Orellana's Legendary Voyage of Death and Discovery Down the Amazon. Bantam
  • Heaton, H.C., ed.(2007) The Discovery of the Amazon
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  1. ^ English law is fond of such fudges; in land law, after 12 years a trespasser may obtain "squatter's rights" and cannot then be evicted by the true landowner, but the trespasser cannot himself be registered as the landowner until a subsequent period passes and he acquires it by prescription.
  2. ^ The river the Elglish language calls the Amazon has three names in Spanish and Portuguese: the Amazonas applies only from the estuary to the junction with the Rio Negro Thereafter the river becomes the Solimões until it enters Peru, where it is called the Maranon
  3. ^ Including San Ignacio
  4. ^ including cacao, sarsaparilla, urucu(annalto), cloves, cinnamon, anil, seeds, puxuri, vanilla
  5. ^ the treaty line passed north-south through the coastal border of Maranhão/Pará in the north to a little south of São Paulo in the south.
  6. ^ On the Solimões, they were Coari, Tefe, Manerua, Paraguari, Turucuatuba, Sao Paulo, and Sao Pedro; on the Rio Negro, they were Jau, Caragai, Aracari, Comaru, Mariua, Sao Caetano, Cabuquena, Baratua, and Dari


  1. ^ IBGE Estimates of Population, 2013
  2. ^ Locke, J. (1689) An Essay Concerning The True Original, Extent, and End of Civil Government
  3. ^ Cascudo, Luís da Câmara (1998). Dicionário do Folclore Brasileiro: 10a ed. Rio de Janeiro: Ediouro.  
  4. ^ Veríssimo, José (2010-02-22). Pará E Amazonas: Questão De Limites (reproduction). Nabu Press. p. 98.  
  5. ^ Temple, C.L. (1900). The State of Amazonas. London. 
  6. ^ The New York Times article on 2005 drought in Amazonas
  7. ^ Turner, I. M. (2001). The Ecology of Trees in the Tropical Rain Forest. Cambridge:  
  8. ^ Amazon Rainforest, Amazon Plants, Amazon River Animals
  9. ^ "SEPLAN" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2010-09-21. 
  10. ^ "Eleitorado do Amazonas" (in Portuguese). TRE-AM. 
  11. ^ Source: PNAD.
  12. ^ Síntese de Indicadores Sociais 2007 (PDF) (in Portuguese). State of Amazonas, Brazil:  
  13. ^ "Censo Populacional 2011" (PDF). Censo Populacional 2011 (in Portuguese). Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE). 31 July 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  14. ^ Source: IBGE.
  • Amazon The Flooded Forest by Michael Goulding 1990

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