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Brazil population

Updated on March 8, 2010

The Brazilian population has surpassed 190 million. Brazilians of different races, cultures and creeds that make up the fifth largest world population.

The formation of the Brazilian population is directly related to the history of Brazil. Before colonization, the Brazilian territory was originally inhabited by indigenous. With the colonization, from the year 1500, the population was mixed mostly with Portuguese. Other Europeans, such as Spanish and French, also joined the population in small number in this period.

To explore the economic resources in Brazil, the Europeans brought black Africans to work as slaves. In this period the Europeans were the explorers, while the labor force were slaves.

With the movement to end slavery, from the 19th century, began the immigration of Europeans to make the new labor force that gradually replaced the black slaves. This time came to Brazil many Italians, Germans, Poles and Ukrainians. Other historical facts and government stimulus brought to Brazil during the 19th and 20th centuries many immigrants Europeans, Japaneses and Arabs.

This miscegenation reflects what is the Brazilian people. The different races were mixed to form the culture and behavior of the Brazilian. While many of the immigrant traditions were maintained and passed from generation to generation, the mixing of races is what actually made the manifestations and cultural events that characterizes Brazil in the world, such as carnival and samba. Thanks to the peaceful coexistence of different peoples and the mixing between them is that the Brazilian people has become tolerant and welcoming.


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