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State of Sergipe
State
Flag of State of Sergipe
Flag
Coat of arms of State of Sergipe
Coat of arms
Location of State of Sergipe in Brazil
Location of State of Sergipe in Brazil
Country  Brazil
Area
 • Total 21,910.348 km2 (8,459.633 sq mi)
Area rank 26th
Population (2012)
 • Total 2,110,867
 • Rank 22nd
 • Density 96.341099/km2 (249.52230/sq mi)
 • Density rank 5th
Demonym(s) Sergipano
GDP
 • Year 2006 estimate
 • Total R$ 15,126,000,000 (21st)
 • Per capita R$ 7,560 (16th)
HDI
 • Year 2005
 • Category 0.742 – medium (20th)
Time zone BRT (UTC-3)
 • Summer (DST) BRST (UTC-2)
Postal Code 49000-000 to 49990-000
ISO 3166 code BR-SE
Website se.gov.br

Sergipe is the smallest state in Brazil. Aracaju is the capital and largest city. Sergipe borders two other states, Bahia and Alagoas.

Geography

Sergipe's land is mostly caatinga. A strip of rainforest runs down the Atlantic coast. There are also swamps near the coast.

Economy

Sergipe's main crop is sugarcane. Cassava is also grown. There is a small petoleum industry.

History

The first people to live in Sergipe were from the Tupi Tribe. The name "Sergipe" is the Tupi word for crab.

The Portugal took over the area, and made a settlement at São Cristóvão. Later, French pirates invaded Sergipe, but they left soon after.

Now, Sergipe is part of free Brazil.

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