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About the City of São Luís

Seal of São Luís
Avenida Colares Moreira in the center of São Luís, Maranhão, Brazil
Portugal street in the historic center of São Luis, the city's UNESCO World Heritage Site UNESCO website.
Image: UNESCO © M & G Therin-Weise
Satellite view showing São Luís (the Brazilian version of Saint Louis), a major port (Port of Itaqui), and the capital of Maranhão state in Brazil.
The city is situated on São Luís peninsula between San Marcos Bay and Arraial Bay in the middle of Brazil's north eastern coast at the Atlantic Ocean.

In the beginning of the 17th century the region of the island was 'discovered' by the French. They built a fort and named it Saint Louis. The French hardly had time to finish the fort's construction cause the settlement was conquered by Portugal, only to be invaded short after by the Dutch, who left three years later in 1645, because there was nothing to gain, neither gold nor silver, only some locals who made increasingly efforts to eat them.

Avenue Colares-Moreira, Sao Luis, Maranhão, Brazil
Avenue Colares Moreira, Sao Luis.
Image: Lyssuel Calvet
Eventually the Portuguese took over the place again, but the city's growth was hampered for 200 more years until the American Civil War (1861-1865) caused a short supply of cotton and the region started to provide cotton to Europe. The cotton trade generated wealth and the city prospered until the end of the 19th century when agriculture started to decline.

Thanks to the following period of economic stagnation in the early 20th century, São Luís has the largest and best preserved heritage of colonial Portuguese architecture of all Latin America. Today the city has a population of 1 million people.

The largest city in Maranhão state lies in a tropical monsoon climate zone with a wet season from December to July, and a dry season from August to November. Annual average temperatures are around 25° C.

The Map shows a city map of São Luís with expressways, main roads and streets. Zoom out to find the location of São Luís International Airport named Marechal Cunha Machado International Airport (IATA Code: SLZ) located about 8.5 km (5 mi) from São Luís city center.

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Local Time São Luís:
Thursday-May-23  12:44  
Amazon Time (AMT): UTC/GMT -5 hours
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City Coordinates: 2°31′42″S 44°18′16″W
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