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Espírito Santo[2] (Portuguese pronunciation: [esˈpiɾitu ˈsɐ̃tu], meaning "Holy Spirit")[3] is a state in southeastern Brazil. Its capital is Vitória, and its largest city is the nearby Vila Velha. With an extensive coastline, the state hosts some of the country's main ports, and its beaches are significant tourist attractions. The capital, Vitória, is located on an island, next to Guarapari, which constitutes the state's main metro area. In the northern extremes of Espírito Santo
Espírito Santo
is Itaúnas (pt), in the municipality of Conceição da Barra, which is a famed tourist location for its sand dunes and forró tradition. The Captaincy of Espírito Santo
Espírito Santo
was carved out of the Captaincy of Bahia
in the 18th century, during the colonial rule of Brazil, and named after a 16th century captaincy covering roughly the same area of coast. Following the elevation of Brazil
to a constituent kingdom of United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil
and the Algarves in 1815, prompted by the transfer of the Portuguese Court to Brazil, Espírito Santo
Espírito Santo
was elevated to a province. After the independence of Brazil
in 1822, it became a province of the newly-established Empire of Brazil, and after Brazil
became a republic in 1889, it was granted statehood. In the early 20th century, its current state symbols were adopted.


1 Etymology

1.1 Demonym

2 History

2.1 Colonial era and Empire of Brazil 2.2 Modern history

3 Economy 4 Geography

4.1 Location 4.2 Rivers 4.3 Climate 4.4 Lakes 4.5 Topography

5 Demographics

5.1 Culture

6 Economy

6.1 Tourism 6.2 Transportation

6.2.1 Port 6.2.2 Airports 6.2.3 Highways serving Espírito Santo

7 Statistics 8 Education

8.1 Educational institutions

9 Flag 10 References 11 External links

Etymology[edit] Espírito Santo's namesake is the Christian
Holy Ghost
Holy Ghost
(also known as the Holy Spirit).[citation needed] Demonym[edit] There is debate as to the origin of the term capixaba, the unofficial demonym for those born in Espírito Santo. "Capixaba" is Tupi for "corn hair", reportedly because the blond hair of the European settlers reminded the Amerindian natives of the golden color of corn. A more mainstream explanation is that the name is a metaphor for a corn-grower; Vitória Island
is known to have been full of corn plantations in the early centuries of Portuguese rule in Brazil. A third etymology is from the name of a local tribe, borrowed by the Portuguese during the colonial period.[citation needed] Originally, "capixaba" referred only to people from Vitória, but in common parlance it eventually came to refer to those born anywhere in the state. The official state demonym, however, is "espiritossantense".[citation needed] History[edit]

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View of Vila Velha.

Espírito Santo
Espírito Santo
was first inhabited by Amerindians, whose different tribes were usually semi-nomadic, but there is no recorded history of pre-colonial Brazil. The area was colonized by the Portuguese starting in the 16th century, and received African slaves and, later, European immigrants of various origins. Colonial era and Empire of Brazil[edit] The Captaincy of Espírito Santo, a hereditary fief, was granted to Vasco Coutinho by Manuel I of Portugal
Manuel I of Portugal
around three decades after the Portuguese first landed in Brazil
in 1500. He arrived at the captaincy to serve his term on May 23, 1535, bringing a retinue of 60 soldiers, colonists, slaves and servants. They settled on Vitória Island
and around the Bay of Vitória. The capital was at first established in Vila Velha, but due to frequent raids by Amerindians, it was moved to the current capital of Vitória, founded on September 8, 1551, on an island near Vila Velha, which was later named Vitória Island. In 1556, after the arrival of European missionaries, the cities Serra, Nova Almeida and Santa Cruz were founded.

Carlos Gomes Theatre, in Vitória.



The captaincy remained under the influence of Coutinho's family for 140 years. It was elevated to province status in 1821, following the 1815 elevation of Brazil
to a constituent kingdom of the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil
and the Algarves, prompted by the 1808 transfer of the Portuguese Court to Brazil. The Portuguese court were fleeing the Napoleonic Invasion of Portugal
(1807).[citation needed] After the Independence of Brazil
in 1822, Espírito Santo's provincial status was kept, and it was headed by an appointed provincial president. Emperor Pedro II, who was on good terms with the provincial President, visited the Espírito Santo
Espírito Santo
in 1860, during one of his tours of Brazil. Modern history[edit]

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In 1889, with the advent of the First Brazilian Republic, Espírito Santo was made one of the states of Brazil. Afonso Cláudio
Afonso Cláudio
de Freitas Rosa was appointed the first governor of the State by the provisional government. He was followed by four other appointed governors (José Horácio Costa, Constante Gomes Sodré, Henrique da Silva Coutinho and Antônio Gomez Aguirre) until the first elected governor of Espírito Santo, Alfeu Adolfo Monjardim de Andrade e Almeida, was inaugurated on June 7, 1891. During the Vargas Era, state governors were indirectly elected by Congress. A short period of democracy existed during the Second Brazilian Republic; Carlos Monteiro Lindenberg was elected governor. However, after the 1964 coup d'état, governors were once again chosen by the national assembly. After Cristiano Dias Lopes, Arthur Carlos Gerhard Santos, Élcio Álvares
Élcio Álvares
and Eurico Rezende were chosen in this fashion, the military government slowly redemocratized, culminating in the adoption of Brazil's current 1988 Constitution. Democratic elections were held for the filling of every term, up to the incumbent, Renato Casagrande.[citation needed] Economy[edit] During the first three centuries of Portuguese colonialism, the main cash crop was sugarcane, until coffee, in high demand in Europe, overtook it in the mid 19th century. During the colonial era, there were periods of gold rush when agriculture was neglected, leading to food shortages, but not much gold was found in Espírito Santo
Espírito Santo
as in the neighbouring states of São Paulo and Minas Gerais. Another reason for the subdued expansion was the colonial administration's prohibition of the laying roads leading into Minas Gerais, as it was feared gold would be smuggled through the state. Geography[edit]

Geography of Espírito Santo.

With 46,180 square kilometers (17,830 sq mi), it is about the size of Estonia, or half the size of Portugal, and has a variety of habitats including coastal planes, lakes, mountainous forests, mangroves and many others. The volcanic islands of Trindade and Martim Vaz, 715 kilometers (444 mi) east of Vitória in the southern Atlantic Ocean, are part of Espírito Santo. Location[edit]

Espírito Santo
Espírito Santo
and its municipalities.

This Brazilian state is in the east of the southeastern subdivision of Brazil, which also contains the states of São Paulo, Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
and Rio de Janeiro. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean
Atlantic Ocean
(E), the state of Bahia
(N), the state of Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
(N and W), and the state of Rio de Janeiro (S). Espírito Santo's main cities (outside of the Greater Vitória region) are Cachoeiro de Itapemirim, Colatina, Linhares, São Mateus and Aracruz. Rivers[edit] The main river serving the state is the Doce (English: Sweet River). Other important river basins include the Santa Maria River Basin, the northern branch of the inlets flowing into the sea near Vitória, and the Jucu River Basin, which flows into the sea at roughly the same place, but corresponds to the southern branch. Climate[edit] Espírito Santo's climate is tropical along the coast, with dry winters and rainy summers. North of Doce River
Doce River
is generally drier and also hot. In the mountainous regions in the south and southwest of the state, the tropical climate is strongly influenced by altitude, and the average temperatures are lower. Lakes[edit]

Espírito Santos's beaches in Guarapari

One of the most important lake districts in Brazil
lies on the banks of the Doce River. The area contains some 26 large lakes, the biggest of which is called Juparanã Lake. Topography[edit] The state can be divided into two areas: the low lying coastline and the highland area known as Serra (where one can find the 2,890 meter tall Pico da Bandeira), which is part of the larger Serra do Caparaó range. Demographics[edit]

of Canto, a rich neighborhood of Vitória.

Caparaó National Park.

Vila Velha
Vila Velha
is the largest city of the state.

Canaã Valley, in Espírito Santo.

According to the IBGE as of 2012, there were 3,637,000 people residing in the state. The 2012 National Research by Household Sample census revealed the following numbers: 1,835,000 White (50.45%), 1,448,000 Brown (Multiracial) (39.81%), 336,000 Black (9.25%), 7,000 Asian (0.19%), 11,000 Indigenous (0.30%).[4] The population density was 72.7 inhabitants per square kilometer (188/sq mi). Urbanization: 82.2% (2006); Population growth: 2% (1991–2000); Houses: 1,056,000 (2006).[5] Culture[edit] The pre-colonial Amerindians
groups in Espírito Santo
Espírito Santo
were the Tupiniquim, the Temininó, the Aymoré, the Puri and the Botocudo. They have largely been absorbed into the Portuguese-Brazilian civilization, and few live in reservations or tribes. Especially in the 16th century, a number of towns in Espírito Santo were founded with primarily Amerindian populations converted to Catholicism, such as Serra and Santa Cruz. Amerindian food has left its legacy in capixaba culture; the fish-based moqueca capixaba is the state dish, among other local typical seafood dishes. Technically from the region that is now Syria and Lebanon, they came to the state fleeing World War I. As at the time they were Ottoman Empire citizens, they were commonly called 'Turcos' (Turks). Large communities were established in the southern part of the state. Now their descendants control a good share of the local commerce. The Arab- Brazilians
of Espírito Santo
Espírito Santo
are generally Maronite Christians. 60-75% of the population of Espírito Santo
Espírito Santo
have Italian ancestry, making it the state with the highest percentage of Italian descendants in Brazil.[6][7][8][9] They founded many towns in the area and have significant influence on Capixaba society. There are still a number of traditional Italian dance groups in the state and Italian culture festivals, such as the one held in Venda Nova do Imigrante. Italian food is also an important part of Capixaba cuisine. Italian pasta and cheeses, like mozzarella, are produced locally. Small scale farming, which is turning increasingly towards agrotourism, is appealing to its Italian roots to exploit that market.[citation needed] A strong local influence, Germans
were among the first colonists to cultivate land away from the coastal zone. The first German settlement, Santa Isabel, was founded in 1844, and still stands. Like today's Capixaba Italian community, they still hold on to many aspects of their ancestors' homeland's culture, as represented in festivals such as the Sommerfest in Domingos Martins. Domingos Martins
Domingos Martins
also hosts a Colonization Museum, where one can find old photos, artifacts and documents pertaining to that settlement movement. Espírito Santo
Espírito Santo
is home to the biggest community of East Pomeranian speakers in the world. More than a century after arriving to Espírito Santo, the East Pomeranian continues to be spoken and remains an important part of Espírito Santo's heritage for many people. To this day they continue centuries old customs within their communities. The first African slaves in Espírito Santo
Espírito Santo
arrived in Vitória in 1609; and years of slavery ensued. However, Espírito Santo
Espírito Santo
was still to play a significant part in the Brazilian abolitionist movement in the guise of the Espírito Santo's slave rebellion of 1848-1849, which demanded intervention of imperial troops. Slavery started losing its economic importance in Espírito Santo
Espírito Santo
after that event. It's difficult to pin down the exact numbers of immigrants of each of these groups to Espírito Santo
Espírito Santo
because they usually arrived under a common Austrian-Hungarian passport, or, in the case of the Tyroleans, under a Swiss or Italian passport. Tyrolean settlers were both of German and Italian language and concentrated in the region of Santa Leopoldina. Romanians
(especially from Transylvania
and Bukovina) and Roma usually arrived under Austrian passports. Large groups of gypsies settled in Espírito Santo's countryside in the late 19th century. Economy[edit]

Vitória's harbour entrance with the tallest bridge in Brazil
and Camburi Beach
in the background.

The service sector is the largest component of GDP
at 50%, followed by the industrial sector at 44%. Agriculture
represents 5% of GDP
(2004). Espírito Santo's exports: manufacturing of iron and steel 35.8%, iron ore 25.2%, paper 17.6%, coffee 7.7%, granite 6.5% (2002). Espírito Santo
Espírito Santo
is Brazil's highest petroleum- and steel-producing state. The main crops grown are rice, coffee, an important cash crops in Brazil, cocoa, sugarcane, beans, fruit (mostly bananas and papayas), and corn. The livestock industry is represented primarily by cattle raised for milk and beef. Industry consists mainly of canning, forestry, textiles, iron and steel works. The latter two are concentrated around Cariacica
and the Vale do Rio Doce
Vale do Rio Doce
ironworks. Vitória is an important port for the exporting of iron and steel; the state is among the biggest steel-producing regions the world.[citation needed] In São Mateus, petroleum reserves have been found on the continental shelf, and are being commercially exploited. Tourism[edit] Tourism
plays an ever-increasing role in the state's economy and is a leading destination in Brazilian domestic tourism, although international tourism is rarer. Popular destinations include coastal areas such as Guarapari, Jacaraípe and Manguinhos, but mountain retreats such as Domingos Martins
Domingos Martins
are also popular. Guarapari
is also a local tourist destination, known for its healing black sand beaches. Coastal cuisine is an attraction, with moqueca capixaba and other local seafood dishes among tradtional offerings. Inland, there are many natural attractions, such as the national parks of Pedra Azul and Caparaó. In 2016, an ongoing drought over much of the state negatively impacted coffee and other crops.[citation needed] Transportation[edit] Port[edit] The port of Vitória is the most difficult to access among Brazilian port. The bay on which it is located is extremely narrow, with rocks, reefs and mountains making it challenging for freighters and maritime cruisers to reach the docks. This narrow approach also results in shipping passing closely to population centers. In Vitória, ships sail in close proximity to cars and pedestrians. The location of the port in the city center also results in schedule complications, with limitations resulting from traffic constraints. Currently the main use of the port is for ship and oil platform repairs, as well as international shipping. Airports[edit] Eurico de Aguiar Salles Airport, which serves Vitória, is located on a plot of land just over 5.2 million square meters (1,300 acres). Since construction of its first section, finished in 1946, the airport has undergone several expansions and modernizations, but current demand has surpassed its capacity of 560 thousand passengers a year. The passenger terminal has a constructed area of nearly 4,000 square meters (43,000 sq ft), a check-in concourse, 25 check-in counters and boarding and arrival lounges. The recent construction of new aircraft parking boxes on the aprons has increased the airport’s operational efficiency.[citation needed] In 2003, more than 1.2 million passengers used the airport, and in 2004 this rose to some 1.25 million. Vitória is one of the 32 airports in the Infraero
network that has a cargo terminal. In May 1999 the first direct international freight connection to the United States began operating in Vitória, facilitating American imports to the state of Espírito Santo. As of 2018, there are five such flights a week. A new runway and terminal were due at the end of 2007 but several budget inconsistencies were found and construction was halted.[citation needed] Highways serving Espírito Santo[edit]

BR-101 BR-259 BR-262 BR-482


Vehicles: 1,811,993 (December 2016) [10] Mobile phones: 4,417,825 (March 2015)[11] Municipalities: 78 (2017)[12]


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Educational institutions[edit]

Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo
Espírito Santo
(UFES) (Federal University of Espírito Santo); Instituto Federal do Espírito Santo
Espírito Santo
(IFES); Faculdades Integradas Espírito-santenses (FAESA) (Faculdades Integradas Espírito-santenses); Universidade Vila Velha
Vila Velha
(UVV) ( Vila Velha
Vila Velha
University); Centro Universitário do Espírito Santo
Espírito Santo

Flag[edit] The flag of Espírito Santo
Espírito Santo
is a vertical triband of blue, white and pink, with the state motto,"Trabalha e Confia" (English: "Work and trust [God]") written across the middle band. This motto is a truncated version of the Jesuit motto "work as if everything depended on you, and trust as if everything depended on God", well spread by Spanish Catholic
missionary José de Anchieta, and was chosen by Jerônimo Monteiro, who was Governor of Espírito Santo
Espírito Santo
from 1908 to 1912. The flag was designed in 1908, with colours inspired by those of Our Lady of Victory
Our Lady of Victory
(English: Nossa Senhora da Vitória), the state's patron saint, wearing traditional Portuguese clothing. It is one of the few flags in the world which use the colour pink.[citation needed] References[edit]

^ "Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística". IBGE. 2012-08-31. Retrieved 2014-04-08.  ^ The state is often referred to by its official abbreviation, "ES" ^ In Brazilian Portuguese. The European Portuguese
European Portuguese
pronunciation is [(i)ʃˈpiɾitu ˈsɐ̃tu]. ^ Tabela 262 - População residente, por cor ou raça, situação e sexo (vide Nota de Rodapé) (PDF) (in Portuguese). Espírito Santo, Brazil: IBGE. 2012. ISBN 85-240-3919-1. Retrieved 2014-08-08.  ^ Source: PNAD. ^ "Imigração italiana por Estados e Regiões do Brasil (in Portuguese)". Archived from the original on 2011-01-07.  ^ Cilmar Franceschetto (June 2001). "Espírito Santo, lo stato più veneto del Brasile". Archived from the original on 16 March 2004.  ^ José Carlos Mattedi. Consulado italiano vai abrir dois escritórios em Vitória para agilizar pedidos de cidadania (in Portuguese) Archived 2011-08-10 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Nara Saletto. Sobre a composição étnica da população capixaba (in Portuguese) Archived 2009-01-25 at the Wayback Machine. ^ DENATRAN - Frota nacional de veículos 2016 (in Portuguese) ^ Número de aparelhos celulares ultrapassa 4 milhões no Espírito Santo (in Portuguese) ^ Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE).

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Municipalities of Espírito Santo

Capital: Vitória

Mesoregion Central

Afonso Cláudio

Afonso Cláudio Brejetuba Conceição do Castelo Domingos Martins Laranja da Terra Marechal Floriano Venda Nova do Imigrante


Alfredo Chaves Anchieta Guarapari Iconha Piúma Rio Novo do Sul

Santa Teresa

Itaguaçu Itarana Santa Leopoldina Santa Maria de Jetibá Santa Teresa São Roque do Canaã


Cariacica Serra Viana Vila Velha Vitória

Mesoregion Litoral Norte


Aracruz Fundão Ibiraçu João Neiva Linhares Rio Bananal Sooretama


Montanha Mucurici Pinheiros Ponto Belo

São Mateus

Conceição da Barra Jaguaré Pedro Canário São Mateus

Mesoregion Noroeste

Barra de São Francisco

Água Doce do Norte Barra de São Francisco Ecoporanga Mantenópolis


Alto Rio Novo Baixo Guandu Colatina Governador Lindenberg Marilândia Pancas São Domingos do Norte

Nova Venécia

Águia Branca Boa Esperança Nova Venécia São Gabriel da Palha Vila Pavão Vila Valério

Mesoregion Sul


Alegre Divino de São Lourenço Dores do Rio Preto Guaçuí Ibatiba Ibitirama Irupi Iúna Muniz Freire

Cachoeiro de Itapemirim

Apiacá Atílio Vivacqua Bom Jesus do Norte Cachoeiro de Itapemirim Castelo Jerônimo Monteiro Mimoso do Sul Muqui São José do Calçado Vargem Alta


Itapemirim Marataízes Presidente Kennedy


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Largest cities or towns in Espírito Santo (2011 census of Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística)[1]


Mesoregion Pop. Rank

Mesoregion Pop.

Vila Velha

Serra 1 Vila Velha [[]] 419,853 11 Viana [[]] 65,887


2 Serra [[]] 416,028 12 Nova Venécia [[]] 46,262

3 Cariacica [[]] 354,615 13 Barra de São Francisco [[]] 40,883

4 Vitória [[]] 353,626 14 Castelo [[]] 34900

5 Cachoeiro de Itapemirim [[]] 191,041 15 Marataízes [[]] 34,591

6 Linhares [[]] 141,254 16 Santa Maria de Jetibá [[]] 34,178

7 Colatina [[]] 112,431 17 São Gabriel da Palha [[]] 32,264

8 São Mateus [[]] 110,453 18 Domingos Martins [[]] 31,946

9 Guarapari [[]] 106,582 19 Itapemirim [[]] 31,208

10 Aracruz [[]] 83,152 20 Afonso Cláudio [[]] 31,003

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^ "ESTIMATIVAS DA POPULAÇÃO RESIDENTE NOS MUNICÍPIOS BRASILEIROS COM DATA DE REFERÊNCIA EM 1º DE JULHO DE 2011" (in Portuguese). Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística. 30 August 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 August 2011. Retrieved 31 August