São Luis

Island of Love

São Luis, the capital of Maranhao, is located on a beautiful tropical island. It was founded in 1612 by Daniel de la Touche de la Ravardihre, a French naval officer, and named in honor of Louis XIII. It was captured by the Portuguese in 1615, and from 1641 to 1644 it was held by the Dutch. São Luis is the chief seaport for the states of Maranhao and Piaui. Its principal industries are sugar refining, a rum distillery, cotton mills, plants for processing cacao, and factories for metallurgical products, chemicals, and hammocks. Exports include babassu palm oil, castor beans, balsam, hides and skins, lumber, cotton, sugar, rice, cassava, and corn. The city has many beautiful historic buildings, many of which are undergoing restauration. The population is about 1,000,000.


  • Official City Government Information and much more - Excellent Site!
  • Sao Luiz, Ilha do Amor (Island of Love) - Great source of information and beautiful pictures
  • Sao LuizTourism, History & More
  • Historic Center of Sao Luiz (Unesco)
  • Centro Historico de Sao Luiís
  • Sao Luis in the Palm of your Hand


    Additional Information:

    The State of Maranhão

  • Area : 328,663 sq.km.

  • Population : 5,250,000

  • Capital : São Luis

  • Government
  • Seplan Planning

  • Economy

  • Institutions of Higher Learning

  • General
    • Sogima Obstetrics & Gynecological Society of Maranhao

  • Other Regions


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    Sergio Koreisha

    [Count] accesses October 10, 1995.