Brazil (Discovering the South America Series)

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Brazil is the fifth-largest nation in the world. The largest country in Latin America, it covers almost half of South America. Discovered by Portuguese settlers in the early 16th century, Brazil today boasts a culture that blends native, Portuguese, African, Japanese, and other influences. During the past 40 years, there have been many changes in Brazil's society and economy. Schools and hospitals have become more available, highways have been built and industries developed, and modern conveniences have been ...
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Overview

Brazil is the fifth-largest nation in the world. The largest country in Latin America, it covers almost half of South America. Discovered by Portuguese settlers in the early 16th century, Brazil today boasts a culture that blends native, Portuguese, African, Japanese, and other influences. During the past 40 years, there have been many changes in Brazil's society and economy. Schools and hospitals have become more available, highways have been built and industries developed, and modern conveniences have been introduced even in once-isolated areas. The country remains popular among tourists because of its friendly people and great beauty.

Discusses the land, the history, the economy, the people, and the festivals of Brazil.

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The focus on Brazil, characterized as the "Giant of South America," spotlights the country's history and contemporary practice of inequality, both social and economic. Brazil's amazing mix of peoples and cultures, thanks to colonization, slavery, and immigration, is also highlighted. Students will enjoy this readable book, but the obvious questions, such as why immigration fueled the economy of the United States but seems to have run Brazil into national debt, are not asked. The format of this series invites students to use the book as a springboard for further research and/or report writing and presentation. The many resources offered in the back matter, including print materials, Web sites, and ways to contact government organizations, aid students to learn more about Brazil on their own or in small groups. 2004, Mason Crest Publishers,
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590842867
  • Publisher: Mason Crest Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Series: Discovering South America Seriers
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 63
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.22 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Giant of South America 9
A Legacy of Inequality 17
The Economy: Powerhouse Potential 27
A Stew of Peoples and Cultures 35
Brazil's Colorful, Crowded Cities 41
A Calendar of Brazilian Festivals 50
Recipes 52
Glossary 54
Project and Report Ideas 56
Chronology 58
Further Reading/Internet Resources 60
For More Information 61
Index 62
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