Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Brazil - Curitiba

I've been receiving many cards from Brazil recently and it gives me a chance to learn more about this country :) I've noticed that most of Brazilian postcrossers live in São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro, so I receive cards from these cities quite often, but sometimes I also have a chance to see less known Brazilian cities, like Curitiba that I really haven't heard of before :)

This postcard shows the Federal University of Paraná, Botanic Garden, Tanguá Park and Oscar Niemeyer Museum. Many thanks to Karina for showing me another part of your country! :)

By the way, I've learned that the State of Paraná (Curitiba is it's capital) has the largest Ukrainian community in Brazil! :) So, if I ever have a change to visit Brazil, I'll go to Paraná State for sure :D

Curitiba is the capital city of the Brazilian state of Paraná. The city has the largest population and also the largest economy in Southern Brazil. The population of Curitiba numbers approximately 1.8 million people (7th largest nationwide).

The first ten years of the 16th century marked the beginning of a war of conquest of Europeans (Portuguese colonists) against the indigenous peoples who inhabited the area of the city. Waves of European immigrants started arriving after 1850, mainly Germans, Italians, Poles and Ukrainians. In 1853, the south and southwest of the province of São Paulo were separated, forming the new province of Paraná, and Curitiba became its capital.

During the 20th century, especially after 1950, the city rapidly increased in population and consolidated its position as regional hub for trade and services, becoming one of the richest cities in Brazil and a pioneer in urban solutions.

1 comment:

Lisan said...

Postcrossing is a good way to learn more about the world and that is way I have created some maps recently to know from which places I have got some cards! Nice to see a card from a rare city in Brasil!