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Postcard From Belem

A birthday for Brazil's port city and other news

Belem turns 396 today. The city, in Brazil's northeast, is home to 2.3 million residents spread across the metro area and 39 islands. Belem is the capital city of Brazil's north region and is at the entrance to the Amazon River.
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About the Author

  • Amanda Erickson is a former senior associate editor at CityLab.