Southeast Region History and Economics (continued)

Southeast Region History and Economics (continued)

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With a large number of labor and cash, due to the profitability of coffee growing, the Southeast Region soon became the most industrialized area with the highest concentration of population in the country.

Downtown Sao Paulo (aerial view) - highest population concentration in the country

Southeast Region - the most industrialized in the country

The construction of the Anchieta Highway and the existence of the Santos - Jundiaí Railway, which already in 1938 connected São Paulo to the Port of Santos, streamlined imports and exports.

Anchieta Highway, opened in 1947

Anchieta Highway, current days

Santos Port is currently the largest port in the country.

Aerial image of Santos Port

Along these important roads, the so-called São Paulo ABCD emerged. The acronym comes from the four cities that originally formed the region, namely: Santo André (A), Sao Bernardo do Campo (B), Sao Caetano do Sul (C) and Diadema (D). It is currently called the Greater ABC Region.

Map of the municipalities of the Greater ABC Region

The industries installed in the three largest cities in the country, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte, are quite diverse. As in many other cities in the Southeast Region, they manufacture food, airplanes, electrical equipment, electronics, ships, automobiles, etc.

Automotive industries in the southeastern region of Brazill

Espírito Santo State is the second largest national oil producer