Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Para, or Belem, a port of Brazil, is the capital of a state of the same name, which is watered by the lower courses of the Amazon, and has an area of 443,000 square miles. The town stands at a point where the Capim enters the estuary of the Rio Para. It is surrounded by forest, and has a harbour which admits large vessels. It is the headquarters of the Amazonian Steamboat Company, and from it the towns along the Amazon are supplied with imported goods. Indiarubber, Brazilnuts, cacao, and other products are exported.