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# Sergipe

 Flag Coat of arms
Location of State of Sergipe in Brazil
Country Brazil
Capital and Largest CityAracaju
Government
• GovernorMarcelo Déda
• Vice GovernorBelivaldo Chagas
Area
• Total21,910.348 km2 (8,459.633 sq mi)
Area rank26th
Population
(2012)[1]
• Total2,110,867
• Rank22nd
• Density96.341099/km2 (249.52230/sq mi)
• Density rank5th
GDP
• Year2006 estimate
• TotalR$15,126,000,000 (21st) • Per capitaR$ 7,560 (16th)
HDI
• Year2005
• Category0.742 – medium (20th)
Time zoneUTC-3 (BRT)
• Summer (DST)UTC-2 (BRST)
Postal Code
49000-000 to 49990-000
ISO 3166 codeBR-SE
Websitese.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.

## References

 States of Brazil Acre | Alagoas | Amapá | Amazonas | Bahia | Ceará | Espírito Santo | Goiás | Maranhão | Mato Grosso | Mato Grosso do Sul | Minas Gerais | Pará | Paraíba | Paraná | Pernambuco | Piauí | Rio de Janeiro | Rio Grande do Norte | Rio Grande do Sul | Rondônia | Roraima | Santa Catarina | São Paulo | Sergipe | Tocantins Federal District: Brazilian Federal District