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Sunday, 16 June de 2019
About Natal

“ It is the Brazilian capital city closest to the European continent and known as “Sun City” due to the nearly 300 days of sunshine throughout the year. It also has the purest and most renewable air on the South American continent.”

According to the historian and folklorist Luís da Câmara Cascudo, native son of Natal, the city’s name is linked to one of two historical facts: the first is related to the day on which Manuel Mascarenhas Homem’s squadron entered the Potengi River, on 25 December, 1597; and the other, linked to a mass celebrated on 25 December, 1599 –  considered the founding date of the city.

Construction of the Reis Magos Fortress, at the mouth of the Potengi River, began on 6 January 1598, the Three Kings Day, marking the start of the settlement of Natal.

In the political history of Brazil, Natal was the only capital city in the country to be controlled by communists in 1935. For four days the city was under the command of the Popular Revolutionary Committee, which even published a newspaper and manifesto.

During the Second World War, Natal played a crucial role, owing to its strategic geographic location. It is the closest point to Africa on the American continent. 

From 1942 until the end of the war, Natal was the site of the largest American air base outside the United States.

With a population of around 55 thousand at the time, the city was profoundly transformed with the arrival of American soldiers. Chewing gum and drinking Coca Cola became daily habits. Air raid blackouts were nightly occurrences.

After this brief history of Natal, we would like to invite you to visit this small, charming city. 

This “feel good city” instantly enchants all of its visitors, many of whom end up settling here. Others make so many friends that they return once, twice, three times…..

 

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