Macei is the capital and the largest city of the coastal state Alagoas, Brazil. The name 'macei' is of Indian origin, and designates the naturally spontaneous courses of water which flow out of the soil. Most maceis flow to the sea, but some get trapped and form lakes ('lagoas', in Portuguese). There are plenty of maceis and lakes in this part of Brazil; because of this, the city was named Macei, and the State, Alagoas. The new Zumbi dos Palmares International Airport connects Macei with many Brazilian cities and also operates some international flights. The city is home to the Federal University of Alagoas. The city began in an old sugar mill and plantation complex around the 19th century. Its development started with the arrival of ships taking wood from Jaragu bay. With the installation of the sugar mills, Macei started to export sugar, then tobacco, coconut, leather, and some spices.
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