Brazil as an Emerging World Power

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Brazil Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is widely known for football, women, the Brazilian Carnival, the Amazon, and the influential capoeira and samba. Little do people know there is more to the fifth largest nation in the world, exceeded in size only by Russia, Canada, China, and the United States (Poppino). In further reading of this paper, we will briefly discuss the history of Brazil, government and politics, the economy, and last but not least, the culture of sports. Numerous archaeological sites near Amazonian towns suggest that Tupian-speaking Indians inhabited the coastal lands of Brazil around 9,000 BC. Farmers, fishers, and hunters and gatherers diversified the communities, and developed in the Amazon lowlands, whereas hunters and gatherers predominated in the drier savannas and highlands (Poppino). Up until European contact in the 1500’s, there were upwards of six million indigenous Indians that lived in the region at that time. Before being decimated by European diseases, the Tupians were considered the most important Indian influence in Brazils early colonial period. Many surviving Indians endured harsh treatment under Portuguese domination. At the time, Portugal was experiencing a large economic failure and eyed South America as its way out. The potential to inhabit safe, fertile land was enticing to the struggling country. Upon arrival, the only thing worth trading was the vast amount of brazilwood trees the land produced. The new inhabitants used what the land produced for them and built homes near e beach that provided a steady state of food, and a well-situated transport route. With discovery of gold in the early 1690’s, Brazil was finally renowned for its trading potential and natu... ... middle of paper ... ...ith its preservation ok natural rainforest, and its annual tourist attractions, it is no secret to why they have a thriving economy. Rich in culture, resources, and a fan base unmatched by others, the world will soon recognize Brazil as world power. Works Cited "Brazil". Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Encyclopædia Britannica Inc., 2014. Web. 20 Jan. 2014 . Keet, Andrew. Brazil. N.p.. Web. 20 Jan 2014. Hudson, Rex. "Brazil: A Country Study." . N.p.. Web. 20 Jan 2014. . Sanchez, Alex. "The Brazilian military is back, as it fleshes out its weaponry and strategies.". Council of Hemispheric Affairs. Web. 20 Jan 2014.
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