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Penha - History

The history of Penha is marked by a unique culture, outstanding in Santa Catarina and notorious in Brazil. By 1777 the Portuguese had established establishments for fishing and whaling. These were called "Frames". The Spaniards seized the Santa Catarina coast, specifically the place called Armação da Piedade, and used it for their own benefit. During the invasion of the Spanish, the Portuguese (Azoreans) moved from the island to the region of Itapocoroi, bringing technology, equipment and specialized labor, which allowed them to implant the whaling frame of Itapocoroi, taking advantage of the beach that was protected from the south wind And safe for navigation. The whale hunt prevailed for many years. Around 1819 the number of whales in the Catarinense Coast begins to be scarce, and in 1825 it is extinct. Penha gained political autonomy through Law No. 348 of June 21, 1958, verifying the installation of the Municipality on July 19 of the same year. In 1991, with the inauguration of Beto Carrero World, the city gained a great impulse in the tourist activity so much that today, tourism is its main economy.