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As Spain was then prosecuting a war against the independence of the Dutch, the Dutch East and West India companies tried to conquer Brazil from them.
Salvador played a strategically vital role against Dutch Brazil, but was captured and sacked by a West India Company fleet under Jacob Willekens and Piet Hein on .
Porto da Barra Beach in Barra has been named one of the best beaches in the world.
Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova was the site of the city's games during the 2014 Brazilian World Cup.
During the colonial era, it was typical practice for Portuguese priests and missionaries to baptize converted African slaves and Native Americans with surnames of religious connotations. A 2015 autosomal DNA study found out the following ancestral composition in Salvador: 50.5% of African ancestry, 42.4% of European ancestry and 5.8% of Native American ancestry.
The Jesuits, led by the Manuel da Nóbrega, also arrived in the 16th century and worked in converting the Indigenous peoples of the region to Roman Catholicism.
The upper city formed the administrative, religious, and primary residential districts while the lower city was the commercial center, with a port and market.
The development of the Historical Center, however, involved the forced removal of thousands of working-class residents and now necessitates local and municipal events in order to attract people to the area.
As part of its preparations for the World Cup, the city reëstablished its public transportation lines as the Salvador Metro.
Salvador's driest month of the year is September, when the city receives on average 10 cm (4 in) of precipitation.
Salvador's wettest months are between April and June when at least 20 cm (8 in) of rain falls during each of these four months.