Guide to Brazil

Colonial Brazil

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The Portuguese arrive in Brazil

In history class, we Brazilians typically learn that our country was first “discovered” by the Portuguese explorer Pedro Álvares Cabral, who first reached Brazil’s shores in April 1500. However, historians today know that Cabral was not the first Portuguese to arrive—because two years earlier, the warrior Duarte Pacheco Pereira led an expedition to explore the South American shore. The mission was kept under wraps by the Portuguese Crown in an attempt to prevent Spain, its biggest rival in the maritime race of the 15th century, from getting word of its plans.

But though he wasn’t the first, Cabral’s arrival...

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