Vitoria, city in eastern Brazil, capital of Espírito Santo State, a port on an island in Espírito Santo Bay. It is linked to the mainland by a bridge. It is a principal commercial center of the state, with exports of sugar, coffee, lumber, rice, and manioc. Nearby TubarÃ £o is an iron-ore shipping center. Vitoria is the seat of the Federal University of Espírito Santo (1961). The town was founded in 1535. Population (1996) 265,874.