Saturday, June 21, 2008
Anniversary of Santarém
Maybe I'm presenting a different view of Santarém on its 347th anniversary. It's one from the bow of a ship that was loading up with soybeans at the Cargill grain pier. The scene reminded me that most people seeing Santarém for the first time in the past saw it from the decks of a riverboat. This picture presents Santarém from the Tapajós River, as noted by the blue of the water. When I arrived in 1979, Santarém had a population of approximately 94,000 people. Today, the city population is around 266,000.