1.1 Overview of Brazil Brazil is one of the largest countries of South America and Latin American region. The country got freedom and became an independent nation in 1822 from the rule of Portugal. Exploiting vast natural resources and a large labour pool, Brazil became Latin America's leading economic power by the 1970s. Being one of the largest and most populous countries in South America, the country has overcome more than half a century of military intervention in the governance of the country to pursue industrial and agricultural growth and development of the interior geographic of the country. Brazil is the world's fifth-largest country, not only by geographical area and but also by population.
A visit to the impressive Valley of the Moon just outside the city is a must. As you stand in this amazing desert it is hard not to believe that you have somehow been magically transported to the moon. Your first sight of marvellous Brazil could be the magnificent Iguacu Falls. It will soon be time to experience the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro. You can do some people watching at the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema as well as taking in the spectacular views from Sugar Loaf Mountain and the statue of Christ the Redeemer.
The geography of South America has affected the culture very much. The people that live in the Amazon can’t farm in the same spot for more than around two or three years because of poor soil. The people in the Andes mountains have to find different ways to travel. These are some examples of the ways the geography affects the culture in South America.
After exploring the hidden truths behind the culture, I have discovered this: The cultural identity of the Brazilian community is far more diverse and dynamic than what is portrayed in society and the media. One of the most important contributing aspects to a community’s culture is its history. Brazil was discovered by Pedro Álvares Cabral on April 22,1500. From that point on, the Portuguese ruled over this land, focusing greatly on its vast sugar-cane plantations.
“America is not just a country, it’s an idea” -Bono. America, where millions from around the world have come to create their ideal community. America was formed, and is constantly being altered by the people who run it. Many countries look at America as a standard, a standard to which they compare themselves, but why? Why is America so sought after, and how did it come to be this way? Many claim it is because the idea of America, was born from the compromise of the people 's utopia, which in turn made a country constructed with a fragment from the ideas of many. Being American means that you are part of the bigger picture, a picture to which millions helped paint, being American means freedom, means choice.
Colonial Latin America presented a land of many conqueror nations brewing a diverse environment into mirroring the societies of their respected home countries. In The Faces of Honor: Sex, Shame and Violence in Colonial Latin America by Lyman L. Johnston and Sonya Lipsett-Rivera, the authors present the history of Colonial Latin America and the copious faces of its honor system that set a firm standard of societal boundaries. Within the historically accurate portrayals of colonial lifestyles, the authors include examples of individuals exercising strain against the barriers set up by the normative dimensions of society. Although historical patterns show that defying the societal structure was facilitated by being in a higher social class,
Europeans began exploring the Americas in late 15th century. This had many effects on both the land of the Americas and the Native Americans that inhabited them. Many of the Native American cultures perished with the coming if the Europeans while some survived. A good deal of the Native American cultures that did survive, were very small. The Europeans did not mean to find the Americas, in fact, they were on a voyage to find a new route to Asia and The Indies. There are many effects of the Europeans voyages to the Americas that have effects on today’s society.
APUSH SUMMER ASSIGNMENT 2016 – PART THREE – COLUMBIAN EXCHANGE The Columbian Exchange refers to a period of cultural and biological exchanges between the New and Old Worlds, which mostly took place during the 15th and the 16th centuries. Exchanges of plants, animals, diseases and technology transformed European and Native American ways of life. This phenomenon was a result of an accidental voyage from Christopher Columbus on 1492. Christopher Columbus was Italian explorer who, under the auspices of the Catholic monarchs of Spain-
Light is reflected of the aluminum to the interior walls of the vaults and softly illuminated the gallery space in a soft glow. While the building catches the eye with elements like white travertine walls and heavy concrete vaults, there is no doubt that the natural light illuminating the gallery is the aspect most likely to be considered monumental. This light effect would not be possible without the attention to structure given by Kahn and, therefore, gives merit to Kahn’s claim that monumentality is achieved through
Brazil, by both land mass and population, is the fifth largest country across the globe. The country is divided into five regions becoming one of the most geographically and culturally diverse nations on the earth earning the nickname "land of contrasts. " The different areas of the country all have many different cultures within often expressed through artifacts as well as traditions and ceremonies. Nationally, the culture can be expressed through many various forms such as language, literature, art, music, and religion. The blended and diverse culture of Brazil helped amplify many celebrations around the world.
The United States mostly expanded into Latin America and Asia/Oceania during this time period. A prominent example of overseas expansion is the Spanish-American War. This conflict, which was caused by the alleged sinking of the USS Maine, led to the United States’ acquiring of Puerto Rico and the Philippines, among others. The U.S. also received significant control in Cuba, where the Platt amendment provided a great deal of power to the United States in regards to building military bases. This acquirement of foreign territory represents a clear example of imperialism. During this time, the United States also took over Hawaii, partook in the Open Door Policy in China, and the Dollar Diplomacy of expanding economic influence. These policies, by either annexing territory or growing U.S. economic interests in foreign nations, represent clear examples of imperialism during this period.
Along with Brazil, Mexico has demonstrated a similar phenomenon, amongst the Nahuatl-speaking locals. It is another Virgin Mary figure which was discovered on a sacred Aztec site. The statue is commonly referred to as Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (Our Lady of Guadalupe, pictured below), however the indigenous people call her Tonantzin, after an indigenous goddess of the earth. Asides from religious figurines, there are many buildings in Latin America which are known to be influenced by the colonisation which are religious sites, most often churches. The increase in the number of churches in Latin America is another sign that religion took a large part in changing Latin American society and lifestyle.