Pirassununga is a municipality in the state of São Paulo in Brazil, with an altitude of 627 meters. The population is 74,587 (2015 est.) in an area of 727 km².[1]

Pirassununga
Flag of Pirassununga
Flag
Coat of arms of Pirassununga
Coat of arms
Location in São Paulo state
Location in São Paulo state
Pirassununga is located in Brazil
Pirassununga
Pirassununga
Location in Brazil
Coordinates: 21°59′46″S 47°25′33″W / 21.99611°S 47.42583°W / -21.99611; -47.42583Coordinates: 21°59′46″S 47°25′33″W / 21.99611°S 47.42583°W / -21.99611; -47.42583
CountryBrazil
RegionSoutheast
StateSão Paulo
Government
 • MayorAdemir Alvez Lindo (PSDB (2017–2020))
Area
 • Total727 km2 (281 sq mi)
Elevation
627 m (2,057 ft)
Population
 (2015)
 • Total74,587
 • Density100/km2 (270/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-03:00 (BRT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-02:00 (BRST)
Postal code
13630-000
Area code(+55) 19
Websitewww.pirassununga.sp.gov.br

Situated in the southeast region of Brazil, the city is home to many important institutions, one being the Brazilian Air Force Academy.[2] All current and future officers of the Brazilian Air Force are trained here. Pirassununga is also home to Fort Anhaguera, which once hosted the 13th Mechanized Cavalry Regiment of the Brazilian army.

In addition to being an important region for the Brazilian military, Pirassununga is a hub for the agriculture and environmental sciences of Brazil. The University of São Paulo's Faculdade de Zooteecnia e Engenharia de Alimentos (FZEA), which translates to the College of Animal Science and Food Engineering, is located in the city.[3] Pirassununga is also the location of CEPTA, the National Research and Conservation Center of Continental Aquatic Biodiversity,[4] which is associated with the Chico Mendes Institute, an important research and conservation center in Brasília, the capital of Brazil.

HistoryEdit

 
Rio das Pedras in Pirassununga, São Paulo.

Pirassununga was originally home to the Tupi people, an indigenous group in Brazil. They gave the city its name, which means "the sound of fish." Every December, the fish migrate upstream, causing loud sounds as they fight against the current.[5]

ExportsEdit

CachaçaEdit

 
Cachaça Sapucaia Barrels in Pirassununga

Pirassununga is home to three sugar cane distilleries, Pirassununga 51 Cachaça, Cachaça Sapucaia [6] and Pirassununga Cachaça.[7] The more popular brand, Pirassununga 51 Cachaça, was founded in 1959, only one year after Brazil won the sixth world cup. Pirassununga 51 Cachaça became a household name in the country during the 70s. "51, uma boa ideia," which translates to "51, a good idea," soon became a phrase in popular culture.[8] It wasn't until the 1990s that Pirassununga 51 Cachaça became an export to other parts of the world. Cachaça is used as the spirit of choice for Brazil's national cocktail, the caipirinha.[citation needed]

Tourist SpotsEdit

Waterfall EmasEdit

 
Waterfall Emas in Pirassununga, São Paulo.

Waterfall Emas serves as a hydroelectric plant to power the city of Pirassununga. In addition to supplying the city with electricity, it is a local fishing and boating destination. Houses can be rented nearby for fishermen to be near the water. Around Waterfall Emas, one can find many restaurants serving the local fish, dorado.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística
  2. ^ "AFA - Academia da Força Aérea". www2.fab.mil.br (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  3. ^ "FZEA-USP - FZEA-USP". www.fzea.usp.br. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  4. ^ Santos, CEPTA - Fernando. "ICMBio - Centro Nacional de Pesquisa e Conservação de Peixes Continentais - CEPTA - Brazilian Action Plans for freshwater fishes". www.icmbio.gov.br (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  5. ^ "História - Prefeitura Municipal de Pirassununga". Prefeitura Municipal de Pirassununga (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  6. ^ "Cachaca Sapucaia review". thefatrumpirate.com/sapucaia-florida-ouro. Retrieved 2019-01-03.
  7. ^ "Pirassununga Cachaça - Brazil - review - Ministry of Rum". www.ministryofrum.com. Retrieved 2018-10-22.
  8. ^ "Cachaça 51". Cachaça 51. Retrieved 2018-10-22.
  9. ^ "Cachoeira de Emas Pirassununga – Pontos Turisticos, Restaurantes, Hoteis, Turismo, Peixes". cachoeiradeemas.com.br. Retrieved 2018-10-26.

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