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Brazil
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1. History, Society, Economy, and State

P. A. Cabral (1467/68–1520) discovered Brazil for Portugal in 1500. The name came from its first export, brazilwood (from Sp. brasa, “live coals”), which was in demand on account of its red dye. After hesitant beginnings, the settlers expanded in the colonial period, and in the 19th and 20th centuries pushed far beyond the boundaries set by the Treaty of Tordesillas in…

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Prien, Hans-Jürgen, “Brazil”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 29 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_B405>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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