Instituto Fernand Braudel de Economia Mundial - Associado à FAAP

Ed. 29: São Paulo Metropolis

Political Disorganization and Problems of Scale

Author: Norman Gall | Published in 2001

São Paulo Metrópole

The village of São Paulo de Piratininga was founded in 1554 by Jesuit missionaries seeking to convert Indians to their faith, at the rim of Brazil’s great Central Plateau beside the inland-flowing Tietê River. The village soon became the cutting edge of Portuguese frontier penetration of the continental interior, as bandeirantes hunted for gold and native slaves. Over the past five centuries the flood-prone village of poor thatched huts became a town, the town became a city and the city became a metropolis, undergoing rapid metamorphoses.


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