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Brazil: Culture

The Brazilian culture is a fascinating mix derived from centuries of colonization. Brazil was a Portuguese colony for three centuries, so the core of its culture is inherited from Portugal. Native Americans and Africans also inhabited the Brazilian lands during the colonization, influencing the culture. The native inhabitants mixed with Portuguese people or were exterminated. Portuguese people came together with their black Africans slaves and, even though, they had to speak the Portuguese language, they managed to influence the natives. More recently, in the 19th and 20th century, immigrants from numerous European countries and even from Japan came to Brazil. The result is a multicultural and multiethnic society with a very complex culture.

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World Cup Poster

This is the poster of the Brazil 2014 World Cup. Crama agency designed it and it shows a map of Brazil between two players that are challenging for a ball.

"The official poster is an important step to showcase Brazil and the FIFA World Cup in the host country and abroad," said Ronaldo, one of the three members on the World Cup's local organizing committee.

"It is important to convey the message of a country that is modern, innovative, sustainable, happy, united and, of course, passionate about football," he added.

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Brazil: History Overview

The history of Brazil started with the Portuguese people who were among the first to settle in the country. This group of people was in command of Pedro Cabral, with whom the colonial age started in Brazil in 1500. At that time, the group is estimated to have seven million native Indians residing in the area. Most of the native tribes were in bad shape and relied on poor agriculture techniques and temporary resources, even with the populations in a village to be as large as 5000 people. The traditions and cultural values were great but the war between different tribes as well as the cannibalism were common there. The evidences of the ancient Brazilian tribes are very few though there are about 200,000 surviving Brazilian Native Indians who reside in the forest areas.

Many of the European colonial leaders followed the path of Cabral in search of precious goods in Brazil, while they were also looking for unsettled land. Some were also looking for a place to migrate to after the increased poverty in Portugal. The most valuable thing that the portuguese found in Brazil was the pau do brasil (brazil wood tree), which was used to make red dye. Unlike what happened in Spain, the colonial leaders in Brazil weren’t that quick in winning the land for themselves. Most of the portuguese who settled in Brazil were generally sailors looking for trade options instead of developing a territory for themselves.

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Brazil: Economy & Geography

Brazil, the country with the sixth largest population in the world, has made great progress in terms of economy since the colonial period. The Economic structure of the country is great at the moment, as Brazil is the fifth largest economy in the world. Its geographical value, of course, is a main contributor to that great economic condition. The country is having great amount of natural resources at the moment. Below are some facts regarding the geography of Brazil and some key-points about the country:

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2014 Brazil World Cup Emblem

Each World Cup Tournament has it's own emblem, a logo that is used to help football fans all over the world connect the whole tournament with this unique image. Of course, World Cup Emblem is also useful for branding reasons: Merchandising is built around each tournament's logo, sponsors use the power of this unique image and people all over the world recognise it easily, bringing to memory all the great times that each World Cup has offered to them.

Brazil is a unique country, a country full of colours. So the World Cup 2014 emblem should be colourful, with green, yellow and blue being the colours that are mostly used. No less than 25 design agencies -based in Brazil- submitted their proposal for 2014 World Cup emblem but the winner was "Africa", a brazilian agency.

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