Porto Grande (Portuguese: Grand Harbor, [ˈpoʁtu ˈgɾɐ̃dʒi]) is a municipality located in the southeast of the state of Amapá in Brazil. Its population is 22,452[1] and its area is 4,425 km2.[2]

Porto Grande
Harbour at Porto Grande
Harbour at Porto Grande
Flag of Porto Grande
Coat of arms of Porto Grande
Location in Amapá state
Location in Amapá state
Porto Grande is located in Brazil
Porto Grande
Porto Grande
Location in Brazil
Coordinates: 00°42′46″N 51°24′46″W / 0.71278°N 51.41278°W / 0.71278; -51.41278
CountryBrazil
RegionNorth
StateAmapá
Government
 • MayorJose Maria Bessa de Oliveira (PDT)
Area
 • Total4,425 km2 (1,709 sq mi)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total22,452
 • Density5.1/km2 (13/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-03:00 (BRT)
Postal code
68980-000
Websitewww.portogrande.ap.gov.br

Overview

edit

Porto Grande became an independent municipality in 1993.[3]

The area around Porto Grande was first explored by gold miners, however nowadays it has become one of the biggest food producers in Amapá. It is a poor region where many homes do not have sewage system, and a quarter of the population does not have access to clean drinking water, however Porto Grande has one of the lowest illiteracy rates of Brazil.[4]

The Annual Pineapple Festival in September is a popular tourist attraction. Other attractions are the spa near the Araguari River.[5] As of 2021, a regional hospital was being constructed in Porto Grande.[6]

Geography

edit

It has a tropical rainforest climate with a short dry season.[5]

The municipality contains 7.72% of the 2,369,400 hectares (5,855,000 acres) Amapá State Forest, a sustainable use conservation unit established in 2006.[7]

Economy

edit

Porto Grande is a major fruit producer in particular pineapples and oranges. Other economic activities are livestock like cattle, buffalo and pig, palm oil and pine plantations.[5]

Transport

edit

Porto Grande is connected to the BR-156,[5] and the BR-210 highways.[8]

Neighboring municipalities

edit

References

edit
  1. ^ IBGE 2020
  2. ^ "IBGE | Cidades | Amapá | Porto Grande". cidades.ibge.gov.br. Retrieved 2016-05-17.
  3. ^ "Porto Grande". IBGE (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  4. ^ "Porto Grande é a maior produtora de alimentos do Amapá". Globo (in Portuguese). Retrieved 3 April 2021.
  5. ^ a b c d "Porto Grande". Government of Amapá (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  6. ^ "Obras do Hospital Regional de Porto Grande chegam a 65% do cronograma". Government of Amapá (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  7. ^ FES do Amapá (in Portuguese), ISA: Instituto Socioambiental, retrieved 2016-07-06
  8. ^ "Rodovia Br 210, Porto Grande - AP". Informações do Brasil (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2 April 2021.
edit