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Município de Pindamonhangaba
Municipality of Pindamonhangaba
Symbol of aluminum recycling in Pindamonhangaba, which is the largest center for recycling aluminum cans in Latin America.[1]
Symbol of aluminum recycling in Pindamonhangaba, which is the largest center for recycling aluminum cans in Latin America.[1]
Flag of Pindamonhangaba
Coat of arms of Pindamonhangaba
Coat of arms
Nickname(s): Princesa do Norte (Princess of North)
Motto(s): Pro Patria Semper  (Latin)
(Pro Country Always)
Location in the state of São Paulo
Location in the state of São Paulo
Pindamonhangaba is located in Brazil
Location in Brazil
Coordinates: 22°55′26″S 45°27′42″W / 22.92389°S 45.46167°W / -22.92389; -45.46167Coordinates: 22°55′26″S 45°27′42″W / 22.92389°S 45.46167°W / -22.92389; -45.46167
Country  Brazil
Region Southeast
State Bandeira do estado de São Paulo.svg São Paulo
Metropolitan Region Vale do Paraíba e Litoral Norte
Founded July 10, 1705
 • Mayor Isael Domingues [2] (PR) (2017–2020)
 • Total 729.9 km2 (281.8 sq mi)
Elevation 540 m (1,770 ft)
Population (2017)[3]
 • Total 164,000
 • Rank 49st in state
 • Density 220/km2 (580/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Pindamonhangabense
Time zone BRT (UTC−3)
 • Summer (DST) BRST (UTC−2)
Postal Code (CEP) 12400-000
Area code(s) (+55) 12
Website Pindamonhangaba, SP

Pindamonhangaba is a municipality in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, located in the Paraíba valley, between the two most active production and consumption regions in the country, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. It is accessible by the Via Dutra (BR-116 – SP-60 highway) at the 99th km. This place name comes from the Old Tupi language meaning where hooks are made or, according to a different interpretation, where the river bends.

Geographic information[edit]

  • Estimated population (2017): 164,000 inhabitants
  • Total area: 729.9 km2 (281.82 sq mi)
  • Density (estimated 2017): 220/km2 (580/sq mi)
  • Population (Census 2010): 146,995 inhabitants
  • Density (Census 2010): 201,39/km2 (531/sq mi)

Source: IBGE[3]

  • Altitude: 540 m
  • Tropical climate (Köppen CWA)
  • Average annual temperature: 22.4 °C (72.3 °F)


The region then occupied by the Portuguese was Pindamonhangaba at least since July 22, 1643, registering more remote occupation by a certain Captain João Prado Martins. Six years later, on May 17, 1649, the area was formalized as a land grant and donated to the captain. It seems there is no information about what occurred between that date and August 12, 1672, so 13 years later, a chapel was built in honor of São José by brothers Antônio Bicudo Leme and Braz Esteves Leme. The brothers Leme have acquired of the Countess of Vimieiro (Condesa de Vimieiro), the lands north of the town of Taubaté. There is no news of how the allotment had passed from the hands of Captain Prado Martins to the Countess of Vimieiro. Given the uncertainties of history, two recent mayors of the city solved the problem by fiat: Caio Gomes Mayor officiated at the date of August 12, 1672 (Leme brothers) as the founding date of the city and later, Mayor João Bosco Nogueira decreed magna that date the county was founded was the date of emancipation, July 10, 1705.



  1. ^ Brazil, the global leader in can recycling
  2. ^ "Eleições 2016" (in Portuguese). Retrieved September 4, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "São Paulo-Pindamonhangaba. (IBGE_Cidades) (1 July 2017)". Retrieved September 4, 2017. 

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