Located in the Brazilian state of Roraima, the capital city of Boa Vista has the largest population in the area with more than half living within the limits of the city. The city planners designed the city in the radial style similar to the road system in Paris, France. The neighboring country of Venezuela is only a short 220km (136mi) from the River Branco which is on the western edge of the city.
The city of Boa Vista is the only capital city in Brazil which is located north of the equator; therefore, the climate is very hot most of the year. It is also very rainy making it a great location for plants to grow making the regional rainforests very dense and varied. The many types of vegetation make its unique and protected rainforests a great place to visit any time of year.
The main industry in Boa Vista is the harvesting of clays for various industries. This clay can be treated and altered to be experimented with to see how it aids certain area industries.
South America, as we now know it, began with several countries including the United Kingdom, Holland, and France, as well as Spain and Portugal disputing over land, making it the only part of South America with certain influences coming from those parts of Europe. Explorers from various countries then began claiming land rights in the region and explorations officially began around 1670, though no villages were officially established until several years later in 1718. Just like in other Brazilian states, missionaries were then brought in to help work on the relationships between the Europeans and the natives in the area. By 1752, the presence of the Dutch was getting stronger and a fortress was built and finally finished in 1788. The king of Holland then named the fortress Forte de Sao Joaquim, leading to the birth of the present city of Boa Vista.
For both the visitor and resident alike there are many parks that can be enjoyed. One of them is the Anaua park, which is the largest park in Brazil's north section, and where one can visit the Forrodromo show place, a lake, and do some kartracing. One of the newer parks in the area, the Taumanam, has a man-made coast on the Rio Branco which can be enjoyed by all. You can also enjoy some shopping and regional snack foods by local vendors. Another place one may want to visit is the Ayrton Senna Complex where you can enjoy the Praca Des Aguas or water show and is home to the Ayrton Senna and the Vella Voutinho.
Once a year the residents of Boa Vista celebrate Festa Junina where they celebrate St. John. it is the same day that is celebrated as Midsummer Day in much of Europe. During the 15 days of the celebration they residents enjoy bonfires, fireworks, and street dancing while dressed in elaborate costumes while enjoying traditional Brazilian food and drink.
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