By Amelia Meyer
The Brazilian state of Tocantins is a relatively new one, with the capital city of Palmas, having only been formed as recently as 1988. It has an area of 277 621 square kilometres, which equals 107 190 square miles and is landlocked. The population is at approximately 1.4 million people. It is bordered by Bahia, Mato Grosso, Pará, Maranhão and Goiás.
The development of Tocantins as an independent, self-sufficient state is relatively slow due to its being only a few decades old, but it is still considered to be one of the fastest moving states in terms of its economic and infrastructural progress. Tocantins was originally a part of the state of Goiás and, therefore, shares its history.