Pindamonhangaba is a municipality in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, located in the Paraíba valley, between the two most active production and consumption regions in the country, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. It is accessible by the Via Dutra (BR-116 – SP-60 highway) at the 99th km. This place name comes from the Old Tupi language meaning where hooks are made or, according to a different interpretation, where the river bends.
|Município de Pindamonhangaba|
Municipality of Pindamonhangaba
Princesa do Norte (Princess of North)
Pro Patria Semper (Latin)
(Pro Country Always)
|Metropolitan Region||Vale do Paraíba e Litoral Norte|
|Founded||July 10, 1705|
|• Mayor||Isael Domingues  (PR) (2017–2020)|
|• Total||729.9 km2 (281.8 sq mi)|
|Elevation||540 m (1,770 ft)|
|• Rank||49st in state|
|• Density||230/km2 (600/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC−3 (BRT)|
|Postal Code (CEP)|
|Area code(s)||(+55) 12|
- Estimated population (2020): 170,132 inhabitants
- Total area: 730.2 km2 (281.93 sq mi)
- Density (estimated 2020): 232.99 hab/km2 (608/sq mi)
- Population (Census 2010): 146,995 inhabitants
- Density (Census 2010): 201.39/km2 (531/sq mi)
- Altitude: 540 m
- Tropical climate (Köppen CWA)
- Average annual temperature: 22.4 °C (72.3 °F)
The region then occupied by the Portuguese was Pindamonhangaba at least since July 22, 1643, registering more remote occupation by a certain Captain João Prado Martins. Six years later, on May 17, 1649, the area was formalized as a land grant and donated to the captain. It seems there is no information about what occurred between that date and August 12, 1672, so 13 years later, a chapel was built in honor of São José by brothers Antônio Bicudo Leme and Braz Esteves Leme. The brothers Leme have acquired of the Countess of Vimieiro (Condesa de Vimieiro), the lands north of the town of Taubaté. There is no news of how the allotment had passed from the hands of Captain Prado Martins to the Countess of Vimieiro. Given the uncertainties of history, two recent mayors of the city solved the problem by fiat: Caio Gomes Mayor officiated at the date of August 12, 1672 (Leme brothers) as the founding date of the city and later, Mayor João Bosco Nogueira decreed magna that date the county was founded was the date of emancipation, July 10, 1705.
On April 16, 1858, it lost part of the territory that was located in the Serra da Mantiqueira, turning a new municipality São Bento do Sapucaí. Later it was fragmented into two new municipalities, Campos do Jordão and Santo Antônio do Pinhal. On November 30, 1944, it lost part of the territory to Aparecida, on his border, for the creation of the Roseira district, which two decades later became a city.
- Luiz Gustavo, footballer for Fenerbahçe SK.
- Éverson, footballer for Atlético-MG.
- Matheus Salustiano, footballer for Rio Claro Futebol Clube.
- Hilton Moreira, footballer for Persipura Jayapura
- João Carlos de Oliveira, athlete, gold medal of triple jump in 1975 Pan American Games.
- Geraldo Alckmin, politician, governor of São Paulo from 2001 to 2006, and then again from 2011 to 2018.
- Ciro Gomes, politician, governor of Ceará from 1991 to 1994.
- Antônio Moreira César, Brazilian army officer.