20 Facts About Bahia


Bahia is one of the 26 states of Brazil, located in the Northeast Region of the country.

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Bahia's capital is the city of Salvador, on a spit of land separating the Bay of All Saints from the Atlantic.

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Once a monarchial stronghold dominated by agricultural, slaving, and ranching interests, Bahia is a predominantly working-class industrial and agricultural state.

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Bahia named it after his parish church in Florence, San Salvatore di Ognissanti .

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State is crossed from west to east by many rivers, but the most important is the Sao Francisco, which starts in Minas Gerais and runs through western Bahia before emptying into the Atlantic between Sergipe and Alagoas.

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Bahia's captaincy was the first to fail, with its lands reverting to the Portuguese crown in 1549.

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Bahia was a center of sugarcane cultivation from the 16th to the 18th centuries and contains a number of historic towns, such as Cachoeira, dating from this era.

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Integral to the sugar economy was the importation of a vast number of African slaves: more than a third of all slaves taken from Africa were sent to Brazil, mostly to be processed in Bahia before being sent to work in plantations elsewhere in the country.

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In 1835, Bahia was the site of an urban slave revolt, the Male Revolt of 1835 by the predominantly Muslim West African slaves at the time.

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Under the Empire, Bahia returned 14 deputies to the general assembly and 7 senators; its own provincial assembly consisted of 36 members.

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Bahia has one of the highest crime rates in the country, having four of the ten most violent cities in Brazil.

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Bahia is the birthplace of many noted Brazilian artists, writers and musicians.

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Some factors that explain this are: the crops in Bahia are more extractivist, and those in Para have a more modern and commercial style, in addition to paraenses using more productive and resistant seeds, and their region providing resistance to Witch's broom.

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Bahia is the 2nd largest producer of cotton in Brazil, losing only to Mato Grosso.

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Bahia is the second largest fruit producer in the country, with more than 3.

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Bahia was the largest producer of mango in the country in 2019, with production of around 281 thousand tons per year.

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State of Bahia has been assigning a significant part of its revenues to public investments.

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Bahia has some smaller modern regional airports like Ilheus Jorge Amado Airport or Porto Seguro Airport.

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Bahia has won the two most important football national league: The Taca Brasil in 1959 and the Brazilian Championship Serie A in 1988.

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Bahia is renowned for its mixed martial arts fans, with prominent fighters from this state including former heavyweight champion of both Pride Fighting Championship and Ultimate Fighting Championship Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, his twin brother Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, and former Ultimate Fighting Championship Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos.

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