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Nation report part 1

  1. 1. Nation Report: Part 1 BRAZIL Victoria Herrera History 141 Online
  2. 2. Brazil Geography <ul><li>Brazil is the world’s 5 th largest nation </li></ul><ul><li>Brazil occupies nearly half of South America </li></ul><ul><li>Brazil has one of the worlds most extensive river systems </li></ul><ul><li>The country is famous for the wealth of its tropical forests </li></ul><ul><li>Brazil has five climate regions: equatorial, tropical, semiarid, highland tropical, and subtropical </li></ul>
  3. 3. Brazil Geography <ul><li>In the 1980’2 there was a huge deforestation of the Amazon which created a big environmental problem </li></ul><ul><li>The rainforest that covers the Amazon Basin constitutes almost half of the rainforests on earth </li></ul><ul><li>Brazil’s geological formation is very old </li></ul><ul><li>The tropical soils of Brazil produce 70 million tons of grain crops per year </li></ul><ul><li>The variety of climates, soils, and drainage conditions in Brazil is reflected in the range of its vegetation types </li></ul>
  4. 4. Brazil People <ul><li>Brazilians are mostly descendants of colonial and post-colonial Portuguese settlers and immigrants, African slaves, and Brazil’s indigenous peoples </li></ul><ul><li>In the 1500’s Brazil was inhabited by 2.4 million Amerindians </li></ul><ul><li>4 million African slaves were brought to Brazil </li></ul><ul><li>Whites constitute the majority of Brazil’s population </li></ul><ul><li>Brazil is like a big melting pot of cultures, all stemming from Native American Indians </li></ul>
  5. 5. Brazil People <ul><li>Interracial marriages have been common almost since its foundation </li></ul><ul><li>There is a high level of social injustice in Brazil, it has more to do with classes than with races </li></ul><ul><li>Brazilians tend to view time more as a sequence of events rather than hours, minutes, and seconds </li></ul><ul><li>Brazilians can be very opinionated </li></ul><ul><li>Portuguese people have a special status in Brazil </li></ul>
  6. 6. Brazil Culture <ul><li>There is a economic distinction made between the “poor North” and the “wealthy South” </li></ul><ul><li>Art in Brazil forms an indispensable port of Brazil culture </li></ul><ul><li>Religion in an integral element of Brazilian culture, Roman Catholicism is the national religion </li></ul><ul><li>Brazil is known world wide for soccer and winning the World Cup several times </li></ul><ul><li>Brazilian food varies region to region </li></ul>
  7. 7. Brazil Culture <ul><li>There is no one single national Brazilian cuisine </li></ul><ul><li>Carnival, a four day extravaganza, is symbolic of the national ethos </li></ul><ul><li>Anyone can become anybody at Carnival time </li></ul><ul><li>When a Brazilian gives a estimate of time, it is abstract and not literal </li></ul><ul><li>The Brazilian is much more family oriented than the American </li></ul>
  8. 8. Brazil History <ul><li>The European first to discover Brazil was Portuguese Pedro Alvares Cabralon, April 22, 1500 </li></ul><ul><li>Brazil has been inhabited for at least 8,000 years by indigenous people </li></ul><ul><li>Early explores brought back a wood that produced a red dye, pau-brasil, from which the land received its name </li></ul><ul><li>For part of the 18 th century Brazil became the world’s greatest gold producer </li></ul><ul><li>Slave trafficking to Brazil was banned in 1850, but still continued </li></ul>
  9. 9. Brazil History <ul><li>By 1889 coffee accounted for two thirds of Brazil’s exports </li></ul><ul><li>The country became a haven for Jews fleeing persecution at the hands of the Nazis </li></ul><ul><li>Toward the end of the 19 th century the Amazon region had a economic boom with the rubber tree </li></ul><ul><li>In the 1960’s Brazil was ruled by military governments, with some economic success </li></ul><ul><li>Democratic government was restored in 1985 </li></ul>
  10. 10. Sources <ul><li>Wikipedia- www.wikipedia.org </li></ul><ul><li>A History of Brazil , Second Edition (Book) </li></ul><ul><li>By, E. Bradford Burns </li></ul><ul><li>Brazil The Once a Future Country (Book) </li></ul><ul><li>By, Marshall C. Eakin </li></ul><ul><li>www.brazilian-portuguese.net </li></ul><ul><li>www.brazil-travel-guide.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.justbrazil.org/brazil/brazil-history.asp </li></ul><ul><li>Brazil – Five Centuries of Change (Book) </li></ul><ul><li>By, Thomas E. Skidmore </li></ul>

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