Campinas

/kam pee"neuhs/; Port. /kahonn pee"neuhs/, n.
a city in SE Brazil, NNW of São Paulo. 328,629.

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Brazil
 city, eastern São Paulo estado (state), southeastern Brazil, in the highlands near the Atibaia River at 2,274 feet (693 metres) above sea level. Formerly known as Nossa Senhora da Conceição de Campinas de Mato Grosso and as São Carlos, it was given town status and was made the seat of a municipality in 1797. In the 19th century Campinas was the state's leading commercial centre. Although later surpassed by São Paulo and Santos, it was still significant as a clearing point for coffee, citrus, and sugarcane from the hinterland. It is now known as a rapidly growing industrial centre.

      The state agronomical institute and large experimental plantations and other agricultural research institutions are located in the city. Industries in Campinas include foundries, textile mills, lock and key factories, and packing and processing plants; agricultural equipment, motorcycles, electronics, and machine tools are also manufactured. The Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas, founded in 1941, and the Universidade Estadual de Campinas, founded in 1962, are both here. António Carlos Gomez, composer of operas, was born in Campinas. Several museums, theatres, and art galleries are located there, and the city has a symphony orchestra. Railroads and highways converge upon the city, which lies on the main São Paulo–Brasília highway, 55 miles (90 km) northwest of São Paulo city but much closer to its industrial suburbs. Campinas also has an international airport and a large modern football (soccer) stadium. The picturesque Itá Falls are 5 miles (8 km) north. Pop. (2005 est.) 1,028,300.

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