Tour Locations | Downtown São Paulo
LOCATION 12 | Downtown São Paulo
The History of São Paulo
Take a right here back onto Quinze de Novembro and continue walking.
I'll fill you in on a little bit of the city's history while you walk.
São Paulo remained a largely insignificant place for the first hundred and thirty years after it was founded, cut off from the rest of the country and was maintained through subsistence crops. BUT then gold was found in the state of Minas Gerais in the 1690s.
As soon as the Portuguese heard about this, as you can imagine, they quickly came over to get in on the action! They arrvied by boat and stopped in the port of Santos. Its situated 80km behind you, towards the coast. They then came to São Paulo to rest for the night, before going on with their trip. As a result, markets and trade grew significantly.
Continue along Quinze de Novembro.