By Todd L. Edwards
Brazil: an international experiences instruction manual presents an easy-to-access, multifaceted advent to the worldÕs 5th biggest nation—a staggeringly assorted quarter, socially and geographically, that continues to be particularly unknown whilst it turns into more and more very important at the global level.
Brazil deals a professional chronological narrative precis of over 5 centuries of South AmericaÕs greatest country—from the times of early Portuguese exploration to President Luiz Inácio Lula da SilvaÕs reelection. additionally, it presents a richly informative part of alphabetically geared up entries protecting vital Brazilian humans, areas, and occasions. For readers either new to Brazil or gaining knowledge of particular elements of its specific historical past, advanced politics, heavyweight financial system, and colourful tradition, this is often the quantity with which to begin.
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It was the only case in which a colonial power moved its royal family to the New World. In fact, no other European king had ever even set foot in the New World, let alone ruled a kingdom from there. Likewise it was the only country to move from its colonial status to a monarchical form of government. Brazil’s independence did not come without a fight, as a number of battles ensued with remaining Portuguese troops. However, there was nothing of the kind of bloodshed and destruction witnessed in Spanish American wars of independence, nor the splintering of territories.
However, there is no doubt that the arrival of the Portuguese was a disaster for the Indians, as their way of life was disrupted, their people were enslaved, and their populations dwindled. The indigenous population experienced nothing short of a demographic catastrophe, dying by the thousands and experiencing a complete disruption in their patterns of settlement. While harsh treatment and enslavement contributed to the catastrophe, the main cause of the Indian population’s decimation was disease.
Importantly, when the war was finally over, Brazil’s military commander, the Duke of Caxias, Luís Alves de Lima e Silva, would become the nation’s popular hero, not the emperor. Finally, the war forced Brazilians to take a closer look at themselves and their country. While they won the war, the costs associated with their victory over a tiny, isolated, and destitute country begged the question of whether Brazil was at all ready to join the more advanced countries of the world. Geography and History 41 In many ways, there is a direct link between the Paraguayan War and the fall of the Brazilian Empire, as the war upset the domestic political balance.