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Tocantinsball is one of the states of Brazil-icon Brazilball. It is the newest of the 26 Brazilian states, formed in 1988 and encompassing what had formerly been the northern two-fifths of the state of Goias-icon Goiásball.

History

Tocantinsball ​was born as a 3-icon 3ball, adopted by Portuguese Empire-icon Kingdom of Portugalball, Brazilian Empire-icon Brazilian Empireball and Brazil-icon Brazilball. Portuguese Jesuit missionaries explored what is today Tocantinsball state about 1625, seeking to convert the Amerindian peoples of the area to Christianity. The area is named after the Tocantins River, whose name is derived from an indigenous language.

Before 1988 the area made up the northern two-fifths or one-third of Goias-icon Goiásball state. Since the 17th century, this area was relatively isolated by rivers navigable only in short portions and mountains, and difficult to access. As a result, the southern area of the state became more developed, particularly after this area was selected in 1956 as the site for the development of the new capital of Distrito Federal (Brasil)-icon Brasíliaball and the Federal Districtball. A strong separatist movement developed in the north for independence of its people. After the government levied heavy taxes on mining in 1809, local residents began to organize a separatists movement. They made a minor revolt which was quickly crushed by the army. In the 19th century, a string of failed uprisings occurred in the north. Historically the area was inhabited chiefly by Amerindians in some intact indigenous tribes and pardos of Amerindian and Portuguese descent.

In the 1970s, the population of northern Goiásball lobbied the government to establish a separate state. In the 1988 Constitution, the State of Tocantins was officially created and admitted as a new Brazilian state. Since its establishment and investment by the government, as in the new capital of Palmasball, Tocantinsball has been the fastest-growing Brazilian state. Its thriving economy is based on agriculture and agro-industry, attracting thousands of migrants from all over the country. The construction of the long-planned North-South Railway will probably boos

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