Founded by the French in 1612, São Luís has as one of its trademarks the beautiful architectural style left by Portuguese descendants as an inheritance. The solar barons house cultural centers, museums, shops and restaurants that preserve in their facades colorful Portuguese tiles. In addition to history, the city preserves culture and traditions. Bumba meu boi, folk representation that combines theater, music and dance, attracts tourists and visitors who come to participate in the colorful festival that takes over the streets during the months of June and July. So ingrained as folklore is reggae: the rhythm, present on the radio, clubs and bars, assigned to São Luís the title of "Brazilian Jamaica". The capital of Maranhão, but also has a modern and luxurious appearance. Across the Rio do Anil (River), is the new part of São Luís that is connected to the old area by the bridge José Sarney. There are skyscrapers, shopping malls and upscale restaurants that serve dishes like the famous rice cuxá.