Seaport city on the Atlantic Ocean, near the mouth of the Ceará River. Population (1991) 1,758,334.
The Pajeú, a branch of the Ceará, runs through the city, dividing it into two sections.
Fortaleza was founded in 1611. It became the capital of Ceará State in 1810 and was incorporated as a city in 1823.
Major cities near Fortaleza:
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