Origin of the name

 The name “Maragogi” drift of language Tupi spoken by the Indians pitiguares that inhabited the north coast of current Alagoas. In the century XVI appears the orthography “mariguis”, and in the century XVII the Dutchmen writes “mariguiji”. there is also “maraguí” coming from the Tupi “moerú - guí - í”, that it means “mosquitos river”.

Fonte: Secretaria de Cultura de Maragogi


The War of the Cabanos started as an armed restoring movement, that had for objective to bring in return to the throne of Brazil, Emperor D. Peter I, who renounces and comes back Portugal. The war is initiated enters May and June of 1832, with raises them of Antonio Timóteo de Andrade, in Panelas de Miranda, the pernambucano wasteland, and João Baptist of Araújo, in the beach of Barra Grandee, today town of the city of Maragogi/AL. In 26 of October of 1832, provincial troops kill in combat, the leader Antonio Timóteo de Andrade and Admiral Tamandaré arrests the leader João Baptist of Araújo in his house, in the beach of Barra Grande. Between November of 1832 and January of 1834, he commands it of the war passes to the popular forces, being the general commander Vicente de Paula of the Rebellion Hut. He unified with slaves Papa-Meis, who lived run away from the slavery in the bushes. He initiated the attacks to the device-of-sugar to free the enslaved blacks. For a short period  had the support of the kariri indians and many others indians. The cabanos, in one maneuver guerrilla try to take the town of the Barra Grande, but they are ranks in escape for the provincial troops there. They go back under strong shoot until the town of Gamela (city of Maragogi), and they arrive there at the beach of São Bento, where all them was killed.
The black Papa-Meis (thus called the enslaved blacks that they ran away from the slavery of the devices and they hide in the bushes) adhere to the rebellion and change the routes of the war: they now fight the cabanos for the release of the slaves, also attacking the sugar devices and occupy lands. The war finishes in January of 1850, when was imprisoned Vicente de Paula in the bushes of Mato Frio for the provincial troops and envoy to the penitentiary of Island of Fernando De Noronha.

Fonte: Dirceu Lindolfo  (Historiador)