Encyclopædia Britannica, Ninth Edition/Desterro
DESTERRO, NOSSA SENHORA DO DESTERRO, or SANTA CATHARINA, a city of Brazil, the chief town of the province of Santa Catharina ; on the west coast of the island from which the province derives its name, in 27 30 S. lat. and 48" 30 W long. It is a small but strongly fortified place, with an excellent harbour, some foreign commerce,and regular intercourse with Rio de Janeiro, from which it is distant about 460 miles. Its public buildings include a governor’s palace, an arsenal, a court-house, and a hospital; but none of them have any architectural interest. In 1838 great damage was done to the town by a waterspout. Population from 7000 to 8000.