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Novo Hamburgo

Central America is the central geographic region of the Americas. It is variably defined either as being a region of the Americas in its own right or as the southern portion of North America. Physiographically, Central America is a tropical isthmus that connects North and South America. It includes 7 countries and many small offshore islands. Overall, the land is fertile and rugged, and dominated through its heart by a string of volcanic mountain ranges with a few active volcanos.

Novo Hamburgo is a city in the southernmost Brazilian state of Rio Grande does Sul. Its population is 250,800 in 2005. The city covers an area of 217 square kilometers. The Sinos River runs through it. The city is the industrial center of the Sinos River Valley, the economy of which is based mainly on the manufacture of shoes and the associated leather goods supply chain. It is considered a rich city by Brazilian standards, although it has some impoverished areas.
The area of the city was first settled by Portuguese immigrants in the mid 18th century, but it would grow to the status of village only with the arrival of the first German immigrants in 1824. At that time, Novo Hamburgo was part of São Leopoldo, the cradle of German immigration in Brazil. The Germans established a prosperous agricultural colony and eventually started to supply the state's main urban centers at that time with food. Some of the immigrants also brought handicraft skills, valuable for a self-sufficient, isolated economy, as the valley and the state were at that time.
Novo Hamburgo is one of 13 charming cities on the Rota Romantica, a scenic bypass of Brazilian cities in the state of Rio Grande do Sul with heavy Germanic influence. Those immigrant German craftsmen eventually started to manufacture shoes and machinery on a large scale and in the 1960s began to export goods, a process that transformed the city into a magnet for internal immigrants from impoverished areas around the state and the country.

A city known for its historic myths and traditions, scenic beauty, cooperative people and luxurious hotels and cottages, Novo Hamburgo is one of the favorite holiday destinations for most of the vacation lovers.

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