Before 1510, there was a settlement with Europeans in the area, that became a village in 1536, called Vila do Pereira. In 1549, the Cidade do Salvador was built nearby, inside a fortress, by Thomé de Sousa, the first governor-general. The city was planned and founded to be the first capital of Brazil. It was also the first city of the country, there was only villages before. Only the king could grant the title of "city" at that time.
In 1551, the pope established in Salvador the first diocese of Brazil with the name of São Salvador da Bahia. Since then, the city is also known by that name.
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Salvador by Hildebrandt - 1844