History of Curitiba

From three centuries ago, the history of Curitiba has since then extended to its contemporary social life.

A study made about the city’s history showed that Curitiba’s traditions have a strong inclination in the science culture backed with interesting and modern architectures. Ashkenazi art has also been associated with the city’s history.

The participation of the Curitiba community has also shaped the history of the city. In 1668, the then hamlet of Curitiba was promoted to become a village in permission known as “Pelourinho”. This, however, wasn’t enacted until after 30 years, with the initiative of the locals, who at that time was about 90 households.

Curitiba’s modern history started in 1871, dating the time when the people from Poland migrated in the area of the city. The Diaspora of the Polish in Curitiba has since then been known to be one of the world’s biggest.

In the 1950s, the city’s rapid population increase has compounded the reason for it to become a regional center for services and trade; a position that made Curitiba one of Brazil’s richest cities. This was also the period when the French Society for Urban Studies co-founder, Alfred Agache was asked to make the plan of the city. Unfortunately, the plan – which emphasized ultra-modern public amenities and “star” boulevards – was too expensive for it to be completed. But despite that, it did not hinder the city from leaving a mark of successfully handling urban change.