Saturday, March 20, 2004


City, in the highlands of northeastern S�o Paulo estado (�state�), Brazil. It lies at 3,314 feet (1,010 m) above sea level. Known variously as Vila Franca del Rei and Vila Franca do Imperador, it was given town status in 1824 and was made the seat of a municipality in 1856. The city has one of the largest sugar refineries in Brazil; coffee, rice, corn (maize), cotton, and feij�o (beans) are also grown locally.


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