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Macapá is a municipality and capital of the state of Amapá - Brazil. Located in the southeast, is the only state capital that has no linkage by road to other capitals. Moreover, it is the only cut by the Equator.
The city has stood the majority of the municipalities of Brazil by economic growth above the average Nationals
Macapá is a corruption of the Tupi word macapaba, or place of many bacabas. A bacaba is the fruit of the local palm. The Spanish called it Adelantado de Nueva Andalucía when it was claimed for Spain by Francisco de Orellana in 1544. In 1738 a Portuguese military detachment was stationed in Macapá, and on 4 February 1758 Sebastião Veiga Cabral, the illegitimate child of the military governor of Trás-os-Montes, Sebastião Veiga Cabral, founded the town of São José de Macapá, under the authority of the governor of Pará, Francisco Xavier de Mendonça Furtado.
The fortress of São José de Macapá was first laid out in 1764, but it took 18 years to complete, due to illness among the Indian workers, and flight among the Black workers.
Macapá gained international notoriety in December 2001 when the International NZ yachtsman Peter Blake was murdered while at anchored on his explorer yacht Seamaster off the Port of Macapa. Peter Blake was best known for winning the Round the World Yacht Race and leading the yacht Team New Zealand to victory in 1995 and 2000 in the America's Cup, yachting's most prestigious team competition
A media relase of his death was given at the Paris boat show by the America's Cup sponsors:
"A group of seven or eight armed and hooded intruders boarded Seamaster at approximately 2215 local time on Wednesday," their statement said.
"Sir Peter was fatally shot and two other members of Seamaster's crew were injured, one with a gunshot wound across the back, the other with a blow to the face".
Seamaster was anchored off the port of Macapa near the mouth of the Amazon, waiting for customs clearance to leave Brazilian waters after two months' sailing in Amazonia.
The assailants were thought to be from a local gang of pirates known as the "Water Rats".
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