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How is Brazil's Population Distributed?

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Brazil Population Distribution Essay Brazil was founded in the year 1500 by a group of Portuguese settlers led by Pedro Alvares Cabral. It was named after Brazilwood, named by the settlers. This is because of the plants ember like red bark, which in Portuguese is 'Brasa'. Brazil has the fifth largest population in the world with about 184,101,109 spread out over a complete land area of 8,456,510 sq km; this gives it an average population density of roughly 21 people per square kilometre. Considering a large portion of Brazil is uninhabitable due to extreme conditions this is quite incredible. Brazil is split into five main areas. Brazil can be divided into 5 main segments, the region with the highest population and density is the south-east. This is the most industrialized part of Brazil containing the three largest cities in all of Brazil, Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janeiro. These three cities make up the golden triangle of Brazil. ...read more.


The major cities of the area are Salvador, which was the early capital and Recife. Salvador was the early capital of Brazil and the city keeps expanding due to the amount of people migrating in from the villages and towns. It is a major port which exports sugar cane and diamonds, which were the cause of the cities wealth. Recife is another major port, which exports cotton, sugar cane and coffee. These cities are growing at a very high rate as they both have ample supplies of water. Many people come here in hope of finding a job and marriage partners; the sheer amount of people there seems to be enough of a magnet for so many people to migrate. The government support is helpful as it brings in many resources and many businesses feel comforted by the government help; perhaps it makes them feel like nothing can go wrong? The north is dominated by the Amazon Rainforest; this is a sparsely populated area except around the river and the few cities. ...read more.


It is probably the best place to live in Brazil with flat, fertile soil and spectacular views and beaches. Most of the population live in the south-east of Brazil because of the large cities which provide everything that people need in terms of social, economic and physical needs. Not everyone lives in the cities however each year millions of people are migrating into cities, it is most likely because of the jobs, potential marriage partners, businesses and a wide array of nutritional choices which can be found no where else. However this can lead to complications because the cities will run out of room, in the case of Rio de Janeiro it already has run out of room to grow, after this point the city will just become overcrowded as congestion and crime rates will rise substantially. In conclusion, the population of Brazil is unevenly spread. Over half of all people live in the south or south-east of Brazil and pretty soon the numbers are going to affect the way the country is run. Michael Jeffs ...read more.

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