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View of the port/harbour of Manaus (1990)
View of the city of Manaus, the city centre is in the back of the image

Manaus is the principal city of the North Region of Brazil. It is the capital of Amazonas. Manaus had a great age when latex was discovered in the Amazon region. In that age, Manaus has suffered a great economical and cultural development,in the story journey to the river sea maia & miss minton travel to Manauys and it was with the money of the latex's exportation that the Amazon Opera House was built . After that great age, latex started to be produced in other countries, particularly Malaysia and Indonesia, being one of the first bio-piratery cases in the world, one English man bring the seed to Malaysia where due the similar climate the plants start grow even faster than in Brasil. Manaus ubicated at the north of Brasil, itis considerated as the entrance door to the biggest ecological reservation in the planet: The Amazon rainforest. Its name come from a tribe called Manaós that use to live in this area and means "Mother of God". The colonization started on 1669, with a small fort, and around it born the city of Manaus. On 1833 become a village, with the name of Manaus. on October 24th of 1848 receive the name of city and became the Capital of the state. In this place it's possible to visito "encontro of the waters" where 2 big rivers Rio Negro (black river) and Solimoes River find themselves and for more than 10 km "walk together but not mixed" because of the differente density of each one of them, and then become THE AMAZON RIVER THE BIGGEST IN THE WORLD"

The American Charles Goodyear developed a procedure with the juice of the rubber tree into rubber could be processed. The city revelled in the money intoxication and the India rubber barons afforded the biggest luxury from Europe, a copy the Grand Opera de Paris - the TEATRO AMAZONAS . Other monuments from this epoch how the MERCADO MUNICIPAL, a copy of the famous market halls Les Halles in Paris, the arts centre RIO PALACIO NEGRO between fascinating Portuguese facades, reflect this time still again.

Today Manaus is a foreign trade zone. Foreign enterprises must pay here no import duties what guarantees a certain income for the city and the region. Electronics, wood industry and oil refineries have settled in the outskirts in industrial areas. The harbour is the most important trading centre for the care of the city with regional, national and international products. Currently, about 1.5 million people live in Manaus. And was nominated as one of the places for the Soccer World Cup 2014. the city is growing faster and faster and start to prepare for the event that will bring a lot of people here. [1] Manaus in Facebook

The Opera house is the major cultural heritage of the Amazonas. It was inaugurated in 1896 during the rubber boom. In spite of the predominance of neoclassic elements, other styles were used, so the architecture is eclectic, with materials brought from Europe as well as artists like Domenico de Angelis, Giovanni Capranesi and Crispim do Amaral.Preserved like a national heritage since 1965, today, with more than 100 years, it has room for 681 people including balconies and three floors of boxes. After the restauration made by the state government in 1990, the theater rescued its splendor, with performances of famous operas, national and international musicians.