Map locator of Brazil's Ceará state
Map locator of Brazil’s Ceará state (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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However, with EcoHouse Group closing off investment on many on their projects early and their latest Bosque developments already starting to max out, so to speak, people are trying to predict which city or state EcoHouse will turn their attention to next.

Ceara is a coastal state of Brazil, bordering the Atlantic and in the northeastern part of the country. It’s not particularly large in area (at least compared to some other states) and at 146, 000 square kilometres is almost exactly the same size as England. However, with its inhabitants totaling 8.6 million it’s only about one-fifth as densely populated.

In early colonial times, this part of northeastern colonial Brazil was fiercely contested by both France and Holland. They both wanted to take over the area from the Portuguese empire and it was only after a great deal of strife and suffering that the latter was finally victorious in the early eighteenth century. The state has a length of over 500 km of sandy coastline which varies between twenty to thirty Km in width. This is one of the reasons it’s so popular with tourists, both Brazilians and foreigners. To the south is the forest of Araripe and inland are mountains and valleys which produce a wide range of tropical fruit in the jungle-type vegetation areas.

However apart from this, the agriculture of Ceará has mainly featured coffee, cotton, rubber and carnauba wax. In addition, cattle raising was very important, particularly in the high plateau area of the state. Communications to and from these regions were improved in the late nineteenth century by the development of two major rail lines running inland from the coast. One of them was the famous Badurite Line (300 Km long) and the other the Sobral (100km)

Nearly all the rivers in Ceará are seasonal and tend to dry up either completely (or almost) in the dry season and frequently flood and even burst their banks at other times. The most important of these is the Jaguaribe River which flows for hundreds of miles across the state, heading in a roughly north easterly direction except when impeded by the large dams built to help agriculture.

The state capital of Ceará is the large coastal city of Fortaleza. There are more than three and a half million people living in its metropolitan area, which makes the conurbation the fifth largest in Brazil. While the whole state is a popular destination for tourists, Fortaleza and its surroundings attract half a million such people every year. Other cities and towns in the state are much smaller than the capital. The largest of them is Caucaia which has 315,000 people and Juazeiro and Maracanau with about a quarter of a million each.

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