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Arraial d'Ajuda

The municipality of Arraial starts just across Rio Buranhém from Porto Seguro. The town is about 4 km (2½ miles) south of the river. It was founded by Jesuits that arrived in 1549 with the Portuguese official Tomé de Souza, the first governor-general of Brazil. Its name is a tribute to Our Lady of Help, a much-revered saint in Portugal. The church and parish were the center of the Catholic

church in Brazil for more than a century.

In the 1970s, laid-back Arraial d'Ajuda attracted Brazilian hippies, and then a slew of foreign adventurers moved here, giving the place an eclectic atmosphere and the nickname "Corner of the World."

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