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The modern Brazilian life has been formed by the cultures of the indigenous Indians, Africans and Portuguese.

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Shenell Gordon Group A Brazil is huge. Big in size, big on celebrations, big on football, and big on shortage. It's the world's fifth-largest country, (the UK would fit inside its borders 35 times!). It could be a great place to live, but in reality life is harsh for many Brazilians, especially children. Climate As Brazil is so big, covering almost half of South America, there are big local differences in climate and soil conditions. Most of Brazil has tropical or sub-tropical weather; high temperatures and high rainfall, but the North East is prone to drought following deforestation. Culture The modern Brazilian life has been formed by the cultures of the indigenous Indians, Africans and Portuguese. The Portuguese dominate this influence and Brazil takes its' language and religion (Roman Catholic) from Portugal. Whereas Portuguese and African tradition, food, dance and religion dominate the cities and coast there is still a strong and ancient custom amongst the Amazonian Indians. Sao Paulo and Rio are homes to many respected museums, universities, libraries and eateries. Recreational activities Football is by far the most popular sport, and the national football team has won the World Cup five times. ...read more.


'Samba' was brought to Rio de Janeiro by women from the Bahia area in the nineteenth century. The rhythm and dance are still popular today. Places of interest Brazil is a famous travel and vacation destination with the world's largest Carnival Festival, Beautiful Rio de Janeiro, the magnificent Iguazu Falls and friendly people. Brazil, including Arquipelago de Fernando de Noronha, Atol das Rocas, Ilha da Trindade, Ilhas Martin Vaz, and Penedos de Sao Pedro e Sao Paulo, has total land area about 8,456,510 square kilometers, slightly smaller than the United States. History Pedro �lvares Cabral claimed Brazil for the Portuguese on landing in 1500. Brazil remained their colony until independence and the establishment of a monarchy in 1822. Brazil was one of the last nations to abolish slavery in 1888. The decision was unpopular with wealthy landowners who relied on slave labour. Dom Pedro II abdicated in 1889 after the Republican Army challenged the monarchy. A military overthrow ended the Republic when in 1930, financial depression and regional disputes allowed ruler Getulio Vargas to take power. ...read more.


In 1994, after the deployment of a new monetary plan, the new currency, called real, came to life, which preceded the launching of the Real. Since 1994, inflation has been maintained at civilized levels (2003, consumer prices rose by about 8%; in 2005, the inflation target is around 6%), and the Brazilian citizens had the chance, for the first time in a long period, to get accustomed to a stable currency. There are bills of R$1, R$2, R$5, R$10, R$20, R$50 and R$100 .Formerly, the bills were illustrated with images of Historic characters; problem was, however, that the high inflation caused the bills to loose value too fast, and what was supposed to be a homage turned into a mockery. Nowadays, the bills are illustrated with images of Brazilian animals (the feminine character on one side of all bills is a representation of the Republic Coins exist in values of 1 cent (R$0.01), 5 cents, 10 cents, 25 cents, 50 cents and 1 Real. Coins vary in size and colour. Since the release of the Real, some coins were discontinued; click the links to check out the Brazilian coins in course. ...read more.

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