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HAPPY BIRTHDAYLocated in the middle of the Amazon Forest, a city that captivates visitors with natural and cultural attractions and the typical gastronomic wealth of the North Region

By André Martins

Manaus turns 351 this Saturday. Credits: Ana Cláudia Jatahy and Mário Oliveria / MTurDestinosCreated in the 17th century as a way to demonstrate the Portuguese presence in the Amazon region – already considered strategy in the Brazilian territory at the time -, Manaus completes this Saturday (24.10) 351 years of a rich history. The capital of Amazonas, gateway to the largest Brazilian biome and named after the Manaós Indians, the first inhabitants of the place, brings together charms of nature, culture and art, in addition to the vast gastronomy of the North Region. One of the options is to enjoy, by boat , the famous Meeting of the Waters, confluence between the Negro and Solimões rivers, as well as the Anavilhanas Archipelago, stage of dives with pink dolphins. In the Tupé Sustainable Development Reserve, 25 minutes away from Manaus by river, there is a natural sanctuary made up of six communities, which have community-based tourism and family farming as their main sources of income. They range from the charming Ponta Negra Beach, a postcard of the capital, to sumptuous buildings that refer to the Rubber Cycle, a period marked by the extraction and commercialization of latex, derived from rubber trees, with a view to rubber production. In the Historical Center, the imposing Amazonas Theater stands out, opened in 1896 to present plays and operas by European companies of the time. Another request is the City Museum, or Paço da Liberdade, which unites architectural beauty, a permanent exhibition about the history of the municipality and artistic manifestations. Built in 1872, it housed the seat of the government of the Province of Amazonas and, more recently, the City Hall. Visitors can also visit the Adolpho Lisboa Municipal Market, which offers indigenous handicrafts and regional ingredients, such as açaí and tapioca flour. In terms of gastronomy, the manuara menu (name given to natives in the region) parades dishes with various types of fish, example of tucunaré, pirarucu and tambaqui. Most cooked dishes, such as stew, are accompanied by pirão or tucupi, a yellow sauce made from the fermentation of cassava juice. For dessert, delicious tropical fruits, such as cupuaçu, pitomba, soursop, tucumã, taperebá and pupunha, among others.HISTORY – The urban center of Manaus, located on the left bank of the Negro River, began with the construction of Forte da Barra de São José, idealized by artillery captain Francisco da Mota Falcão, in 1669. From 1870, the city experienced the rubber economy cycle, which ended in 1913 due to the loss of market for the product of Asian origin. As a result, the region went through a period of isolation until the creation of the Free Trade Zone in 1970. SUPPORT – Together with Presidente Figueiredo and Novo Airão, Manaus is part of the group of cities in the Amazon included in Investe Turismo. The program, a partnership between the Ministry of Tourism, Sebrae and Embratur, seeks to structure and promote strategic routes in the country, focusing on the generation of jobs and income. The objective is to increase the quality of services offered to visitors and accelerate the development of the sector. Edition: Rafael Brais

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