City on the Atlantic Ocean, near the easternmost tip of South America. Population (1991) 1,290,149.
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Recife has nice white sandy beaches, proteced by reefs, but there have been many sharks even in very undeep water. The sharks might have come from the port area.
Because of its many waterways, Recife is sometimes called the Venice of America. The waterways divide the city into separate districts:
- São José, a commercial and financial district on a peninsula.
- Boa Vista, a business and residential district on the mainland.
- Santo Antônio, a governmental district on Antônio Vaz Island.
Universities: the University of Recife (1946), the Catholic University of Pernambuco (1951), and the Federal Rural University of Pernambuco (1954).
Principal industries are importing and exporting, sugar refining, cotton milling, ironworking, pineapple canning, tomato preserving, and the manufacturing of cement, asbestos, paper, roofing, and leather goods.
Recife was settled about 1535, captured by the English in 1595, and occupied by the Dutch from 1630 to 1654.
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