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Aracruz

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Aracruz is a municipality at the central coast of Espírito Santo, Brazil.LocationAracruz covers 1,423.87km2, and has a population of 93,325 with a population density of 66 inhabitants per square kilometer. The municipality contains part of the Comboios Biological Reserve, a fully protected area. The Santa Cruz Wildlife Refuge created in 2010 extends offshore from the municipality. The coastline of the municipality is also protected in part by the Costa das Algas Environmental Protection Area, created in 2010.HistoryThe municipality's history begins in 1556, when two Jesuit priests (Braz Lourenço and Diogo Jácomo) founded Santa Cruz, a town then called Aldeia Nova, so in 1948 the capital was moved to Sauaçu (also called Sauassu), and the capital's name went with it. Sauaçu then became known as Aracruz, and Aracruz reverted to its formal and present name, Santa Cruz.
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