Pedros Alvarez and a massive Portuguese sailing fleet made there way to Brazil. Brazil was discovered by the Portuguese in April of 1500.
They encountered natives separated by many tribes. The Portuguese colonists brought Brazil the Roman Catholicism faith. Brazil is the only country who speaks Portuguese in South America, and today, Brazil is the largest country that contains Catholic believers.
King Joao VI fled from Portugal to Rio de Janeiro, in fear of the Napoleonic Wars. There was a massive revolution when Portugal tried to build up colonial rule in Brazil. Brazil received its independence on September 7, 1822
Brazil was ruled by a military dictatorship, but after several years, a revolt brought back civilian presidents.
Dilma Rousseff is the current president in Brazil and Brazil is a Federal Republican country ( on the right is a picture of the President).
Even though Brazil has a lot of different immigrants, the Brazilian culture is very diverse and unique.
The Africans arrived in Brazil during the Slave Trade which took place in the 1600s to the 1900s. The slaves established a fighting skill to protect themselves. This style of fighting is called Capoeira, which is a Brazilian form of martial arts, dancing, and music. Capoeira is still taught today.