When we speak of the Brazil people and the Brazil culture, only the
weather could be considered warmer and more radiant, than this
nation of fun-loving people.
As we have already established, Brazil is a massive country, its
inhabitants having largely descended from both colonial and post
colonial Portuguese settlers, Brazil's indigineous
people and African slaves. All of whom have played a role in
shaping Brazil's history.
In addition to the Portuguese, - Spanish, French and Dutch explorers
came to Brazil's shores. A combination of social and political
factors in Europe during the
late 19C and early 20C, saw an influx of other immigrants from a
number of European countries to Brazil. These immigrants found the
Brazilian population most welcoming. These countries include:Lebanese
As you can see, the Brazil people on a whole comprise a mix of diverse ethnic backgrounds, which over time, has fused
into a multi-racial society as well as on an individual level;
all of this is clearly reflected in Brazilian traditions,
Brazilian celebrations and its festivals.
Demography of Brazil people
In general, the population of Brazil is concentrated mainly along the
coastal areas of the country. Small settlements of indigenous
people are primarily situated in Brazil's interior, where the land
may been considered inhospitable by the average person.
White Brazil people make-up roughly half the population, with the
remaining fifty percent comprising of a mix of Black people, Asian
people, multi-racial mixed-race and people of other ethnic
The descendants of more recent European immigrants, populate
mainly the Southern parts of Brazil, - states of Rio Grande do Sul,
Santa Catarina, Parana and Sao Paulo, whereas most of the white
population in the rest of the country are decendants of portuguese
settlers. In the mid-southern states of Rio de Janeiro, Espirito
Santo, Minas Gerais, Goias, Mato Grosso do Sul and in the Federal
District of Brasilia, the White population is near enough equal to
that of Afro-Brazilian and mixed-race people of Brazil.
When you go on your brazil travel Northeast, you will note there is a higher
concentration of Black and mixed-race people on the coast. This
region saw by far, the largest mass of African people who were imported to the coast as slaves
to work the sugarcane cotton and tobacco plantations.
The semi-arid interior country regions is predominantly of White
and Amerindian-European mixed people. The majority of Black or
mixed race people in this interior region are the decendants of
freed African slaves.
Social class structure of the people
When you consider the ethnic make-up of the Brazilian population,
it is hardly surprising that social class division as opposed to
racial division is the reality being experienced by the less
finacially well off sections of people in Brazil society.
This social class structure in Brasil, which presents a clear
distinction between the 'haves and the have not's, is
pronounced. It is estimated that approximately 20% of the Brazil
population is considered to be living in poverty.
The people of Brazil northeast coast who are considered poorer in
the financial sense, tend to populate small fishing communities.
However, under the new administration led by President Luiz Inacio
Lula da Silva, Brasil is experiencing strong economic growth year
on year and things are set to improve drastically, with the
government embracing the concept of Brazil tourism in terms of
foreign currency, job creation and the development of this sector.
In addition to this, the discovery of oil just off the Brazil coast
in 2007 means that for the poorer people of Brazil, this new found
wealth indicate that things can only get better.
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