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Brazil Facts and History for Kids

The country of Brazil is a rich melting pot of culture, including those from EuropeAfrica, Portuguese, Asian, Indian, Jews, air, and more. As a country with the landmass of half of South America, Brazil was founded with happy people who were open to new ideas and those that welcomed change. The entire eastern portion of Brazil is bordered by the Atlantic ocean, which has over 7,300 km of beautiful coastline. Because of its diversity and scenic terrain, Brazil has become a popular destination spot for tourists. Popular cities like São Paulo, Natal, and Salvador de Bahia welcome tourists with warm smiles, and they even welcome newcomers that want to make Brazil their home. However, here are 10 interesting facts about Brazil that every tourist should know.

1. Brazil has a Vast Collection of Archeology

The Brazilian reference in the National Serra da Capivara Park has the latest, largest, and most ancient registered archaeological findings within the Americas. In fact, there are currently over 700 registered locations which form a vast graphic communication system, and it is one of the first of its kind from around the globe. These graphics sites show themes from rituals, everyday life and special ceremonies. Vases, utensils, ceramic art, and polished stone, are also located among these referenced sites. These archeological findings point to a prehistoric people within the Americas.

2. Significant Paleontology Discoveries

The first paleontology findings within the country of Brazil are published within the naturalist travel journals within the 19th century. The Danish scientist, Peter Lund, is considered the father of Brazilian paleontology. He has discovered over 100 new species of pleistoscenic mammals. Areas of Brazilian paleontology include Chapada do Araripe, Cajual Island, and Vale dos Dinossauros or Dinosaur Valley.

3. Sets the Stage for Ethnic Tourism

Brazil has over 218 indigenous people which speak over 170 distinct languages within the borders of the country. With over 600 indigenous reserves, Brazil lends itself to the exploration and study of its many origins within the bounds of ethnic tourism. The most popular areas for ethnic tourism include Sao Gabriel da Cachoeira with tribes, such as Tucanos, Banivas, and Ianomamis can be found.

4. Brazil has Several World Heritage Cities

Because architecture preserves the lasting expressions of the history of people, Brazil has several prime examples of building history. Brazil has several world heritage cities, because of the preserved architecture that reveal customs, building techniques, and trends that form the foundation its cultural history. Historical Brazilian cities that have acclaimed world heritage include Ouro Preto, Olinda, and Diamantina. World heritage places in Brazil also include the History Center of Sao Luis State of Maranhao, History Center of Goias City, and Brasilia.

5. Ecotourism Crosswalks Available in Brazil

Ecotourism crosswalks are a common practice in Brazil, and they include opportunities to allow visitors to connect with the largest portion of biodiversity on the planet. In fact, there are over 24 Brazilian national parks that are set up to allow ecological crosswalks within their territories or the borders around them. Brazilian ecological-crosswalk terrain includes bushy lands, forest reserves, and some marine territory. Three of the most common places for ecological crosswalks include Serra da Capivara National Park, Chapada dos Guimaraes, and the Coast of Discovery.

6. Year Round Fair Weather in Brazil

When you’re looking for year-round fair weather, Brazil has got just the right climate for vacation or holiday travel. The typical climate in Brazil usually has a tropical climate, which ranges from 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit. This makes Brazil great for tourist that want to spend time getting plenty of sun and beach or swimming in warm waters.

7. Sports

Soccer is a national pastime in Brazil, and it is played by several different age groups all around the country. From the month of April to December, the Brazilian cup is this country’s main competitive sport every weekend. However, vacation or holiday sports fans can also participate in many other sports in Brazil. Trekking, surfing, free flight, rafting, diving, and sports fishing are just some of the most popular sports that are available for recreation. There are also opportunities for visitors to take part in golf, sailing, and beach volleyball.

8. Brazil is a Business and Event Hub

Companies from all over the world have held business meetings and events in Brazil, Business tourism and incentive voyages to Brazil have won international acclaim. Because of its opportunity for cultural diversity, artistic leisure, and proper business structure, Brazil is considered one of the most modern hosting countries in the world.

9. The History of Brazil

Although many refer to the country by the name of Brazil, the official name of this land is the Federative Republic of Brazil, and it is the largest country in South America. To encourage the development of the interior of Brazil, the capital, Brasilia, was formed in 1957. Because brazilwood was an extremely important export commodity within the 16th century, this is where Brazil got its name. However, today Brazil is mainly known for its export of sugar and coffee good. Brazil is also known for the export of soybeans. Although it has had a stable government in the 19th century, 1882 was the year that Brazil gained its freedom from Portugal.

10. Fun Facts about Brazilian Borders

Brazil is a huge country to say the least, and compared to North America it is only a little smaller. Yet, Brazil is bordered by many other countries, including Venezuela, Suriname, Guyana, Columbia, and Peru. It is also bordered by Bolivia, Argentina, and Paraguay. In fact, the only two countries in South America that do not touch the borders of Brazil are Ecuador and Chile.