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Country  Brazil
Population  321,770 (2010)
Area  81.777 km2
State  Sao Paulo
Region  Southeast
Mayor  Mamoru Nakashima (PTN)

Itaquaquecetuba is a municipality in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil, with an estimated 2006 population of 352,755 (density 4,313.46/km²). It has an area of 82 km² and sits at an elevation of 790 m. The citys name derives from the Tupi language.


Map of Itaquaquecetuba

The municipality was founded between 1560 and 1563 by Jesuits led by Father Jose de Anchieta, among native villages near the Rio Tiete, beginning with the Catholic chapel of Our Lady of Acute, which was established by Father Jose. The settlement saw little development, and was almost deserted by the early twentieth century. Until 1958 the city was a district of Mogi das Cruzes. Following the emancipation of the municipality that year, the first Mayor, Victorio Eugenio Deliberato, began a campaign of industrial development that had great geographic and economic impact on Itaquaquecetuba in the decades to come.

The origin of the city dates back to Itaquaquecetuba of the twelve villages founded by the Jesuit priest Jose de Anchieta, in his long stay in Brazil. Its creation is due to the then president of the province, Jose Bernardo Pinto Peixoto Hawk, named village of Our Lady of Help, on September 7, 1560, being established in the River Tiete, to catechize the guaianases.

Itaquaquecetubas City Hall is located at 267 Avenida Vereador Jose Fernandes da Silva.

The name adopted at this time of Tupi, was from its first form taquaquice-tube, whose full meaning is "place of abundant bamboo sharp as knives"

The city is served by CPTM (Companhia Paulista de Trens Metropolitanos) via line 12.

The climate of the city, and across the Metropolitan Region of Sao Paulo, is the Subtropical. Summer is largely little hot and rainy.


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