Settlement in the area started in March 1928, when José Silvério de Oliveira
known as Nhô Jeca, leased the land from José Elias. Many colonists from the
south of Brazil settled when the cycle of Yerba mate had ended, dedicating
themselves to the logging and swine breeding. The name of the city means
rattlesnake in Portuguese. The legend tells that a group of settlers camped one
night in the region and they were woken
by the sound of a rattle. They found
there was a rattlesnake nest in that place.
Cascavel is a very humid city in the Temperate Zone with an annual average
temperature of 21º C (70ºF), a maximum of 28º (85ºF) and a minimum between 13º C
(55ºF) and 15º C (59ºF).
Cascavel is responsible for 26% of the total production of cereals in the state
of Paraná. The main crops are soybeans, wheat, corn, rice, cotton, and beans. It
is also a big producer of poultry, swine, and beef cattle.
Participation in the municipal GDP: Livestock raising: 5,95% Industry: 16,63%