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Brazil Life


Brazil's population is a mixture of Native American, European, and African peoples. These groups have intermingled over the years to create a society with considerable ethnic complexity. The Native American population has been in Brazil the longest, but is now the smallest group.
The Portuguese began arriving in 1500, and other European groups came after 1850. The ancestors of African Brazilians arrived as slaves, beginning about the mid-1500s and ending in 1850 when the slave trade was abolished.

Portuguese is the official and prevailing language of Brazil, although there are some regional variations in pronunciation and slang words.
Since 1938 Portuguese has been the compulsory language for teaching in schools, but German and Italian are still spoken in homes in the South by some descendants of immigrants. English and French are the main second languages of educated Brazilians.

There are also over 100 indigenous languages, of which the most important are Tupi, Ge, Arawak, and Carib. The Portuguese borrowed some Indian words, particularly from Tupi, which was the common language used in interactions among the Native Americans of the coastal regions, Jesuit missionaries, and early settlers.

The population of Brazil consist of 90% Roman Catholics.


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