By: Larry Chavira
Brazil's Brief History :
Brazil was discovered in 1500, when a fleet of Portuguese diplomat Pedro Alvares Cabral on there way to India, landed in Porto Seguro. Which is between Salvador and Rio de Janeiro, he found Native Indians numbering around seven million. Cultural life has developed, although both tribal warfare and cannibalism were ubiquitous. Other Portuguese explorers followed Cabral in search of valuable goods for European trade. And unsettled land, so they could escape poverty in Portugal itself.
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99% of Brazil's population speaks Portuguese, language is one of the strongest elements of Brazil's unity. The only non-Potuguese speakers are members of Amerindian groups, and pockets of immigrants who keep their national language. Brazil has no major dialect variation of the Portuguese, but only moderate regional variation of accent, vocabulary and use of personal nouns, pronouns, and verb conjugations. English is studied in school and increase in private english courses. English has replaced french as the principal second language among educated people.
The Brazilian cuisine has both African and European influences. This has created a national cuisine marked by the preservation of regional differences. The ingrediant first used by native peoples include cassava, guerana, acai, cumaru, and tacaca. Japanese immigrants brought most of the food items that Brazilian's would associate with Asia cuisine today. European immigrants were accustomed to a wheat-based diet and introduced wine, and leaf vegetables, and dairy in Brazilian cuisine.