São Vicente is a city in the Baixada Santista metro area, in the São Paulo state, being conurbated with Santos. Founded in 1532, it considered to be the oldest city of Brazil. Most of the city's historical heritage has been lost with time, and São Vicente is now mainly visited for its scenery and beaches.
São Vicente was founded in 1532 by Portuguese settlers, being the first officially recognized village in colonial Brazil. Its early years of existence were characterized by violent fights between Portuguese, Spanish, Tupi native Brazilians (often put into slavery) and pirates. Economy of São Vicente was based on sugarcane plantations, but the economical success didn't last much. In the 17th century, São Vicente became a source of bandeirantes, explorers who travelled towards the countryside in order to make fame and fortune.
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