Brazilian Colonial Development Of Brazil

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Most native tribes who were living in Brazil in the 1500’s thought they were descendants from the first wave of migrants from North Asia. “At the time of European discovery, the territory of current day Brazil had as many as 2,000 nations and tribes, an estimated total population of nearly 3,000,000 Amerindians.” (“Cia world factbook”, 2016). It was discovered by a linguistic survey that there were 188 indigenous languages with 155,000 speakers around 9000 BC. “Initially Portugal had little interest in Brazil, mainly because of high profits gained through commerce with Indochina. After 1530, the Portuguese Crown devised the Hereditary Captaincies system to effectively occupy its new colony, and later took direct control of the failed captaincies”. (“ Cia world fact book”, 2016). Sugar was the most important Brazilian Colonial product until the early 18th century. Brazilian sugar at the time was stated as being high in quality, in comparison to those of other nations. However, when other countries started to produce and offer sugar at a lower price, the industry in Brazil faced a major crisis.
During the 18th century, an independent explorer named Bandeirante, discovered gold and diamond in the state of Minas Gerais. Unfortunately, gold production declined towards the 18th century, starting a period of relative stagnation of the Brazilian hinterland. The man power of Amerindians and African slaves were greatly exploited in Brazil 's colonial economy. (“Cia world…
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