Looking for where is Brazil Located? Here are amazing Brazil facts you probably don’t know. The flag of Brazil has a green field with a yellow rhombus in the middle and a blue disc in the center with 27 stars scattered throughout the disc and the country’s motto depicted on a white band sprawled across the blue disc. Some people say that the green represents forests and yellow represents gold but that’s not really true. The green and yellow are actually inspired from the former Imperial flag of Brazil which was derived from two royal households, the green representing the house of Braganza for King Don Pedro(I) and the yellow for the House of Habsburg where his wife Maria Leopoldina came from.
The blue disk and the stars are what makes up the most important part of the Brazilian flag. Each star represents one of the 27 states of Brazil. Furthermore, they are all separated into nine different constellations that you can typically see in the southern hemisphere. Straddling across the blue disc is a banner with the country’s motto “Ordem E Progresso” which means order and progress.
Each section of Brazil has its own little story but first Brazil is the largest country in the South American continent. if you grew up in Latin America you would have been told that both South and North America are together one continent but for a pragmatic definitional reason, we’re just going to treat South America as a separate entity and as its own continent.
Brazil domain stretches all the way from the Atlantic coast and deep into the interior of the continent. Brazil is bordered by every single South American country except for Ecuador and Chile. You can also technically say that Brazil borders France because of the French territory of French Guiana. Although French Guiana is not a country but an overseas territory of France. Brazil’s capital is called Brasilia located slightly inland in the Central West region of Brazil and actually administers itself in its own federal district much like Washington DC. Brasilia was actually built in 1960 as they were switching from the old capital Rio de Janeiro. This was done in an attempt to provide a more regional neutrality for the rest of the states in Brazil by centralizing the capital.
Brazil is divided into 27 federal units of which 26 are states and one Federal District which is where the capital resides. Each state and region of Brazil have their own unique flavor that they bring to the table. In terms of disputes, Brazil has two disputed areas with Bolivia on the Memore River and two disputed areas with Uruguay on the Uruguay River and in the Masoller Rivera that nobody cares about.
Brazil have a ton of islands off their coast but the furthest reaches of the Brazilian domain would have to be the four Island and archipelago chains in the Atlantic. They are the IIha Fernando de Noronha, the Rocas Atoll, the St. Peter and St. Paul rocks which is a non-permanent residence science lab station and Trinadade and Martim Vaz. The Western mainland borders of Brazil look quite funny. If you look at the map, it’s kind of looks like Brazil has River Tourette’s syndrome in which they have a lot of half rivers but then they jump onto the next adjacent River which is like a couple of hundred kilometers away.
When you think of Brazil everybody just kind of automatically defaults to one image “The Amazon”. The Amazon is a very imperative factor to the nation’s domain however there’s a lot more to it in terms of landscape and terrain. About sixty percent of the entire Amazon rainforest is located in Brazil mostly in the north region and consists of the most heavily compact eco region on earth. Out of all the ten million species of animals and insects known to human beings about half of them call the Amazon rainforest home. Many of the species that have yet to be discovered are still lingering about in the deep Uncharted depths of the Amazon today.
There’s a huge deforestation problem going on in Brazil’s Amazon today aimed at providing more agricultural land, however Brazil’s own citizens are harshly criticizing the action. Outside of the Amazon the rest of the country has a vast array of contrasting scenery almost equally as fascinating as the Amazon. Along the coast you have the Mata Atlantica or the Atlantic forest, the Cerrado or the tropical savannas in the center. The Cerrado is the area where most farms and ranches can be found however, keep in mind that Brazil is one of the top countries in meat production and exports.
In the South of Brazil, you have the Araucaria or the pine evergreen forests, in the North you have the small mountains especially close to the border of Venezuela where you find were the most notable natural landmarks being the tripoint border between Venezuela, Guyana and Brazil. Brazil owns only about 5% of Mount Roraima. Mount Roraima is one of the strangest looking flat top plateau mountains with vertical cliffs almost perpendicular to the ground earning it the label as one of the hardest mountains to climb. One of the most remarkably bizarre and unusual spots of the country would have to be the famous flooded deserts of Lencois Maranhenses. This place located on the north coast of the Maranhao State is almost alien like as there are virtually no places like it on earth. Essentially, it’s a sand dune desert with abundant lagoons speckled throughout the entire region. Although it gets a lot of rainfall yearly the area supports little vegetation and wildlife. Nonetheless the area draws in thousands of tourists yearly as it contains the almost paradoxical juxtaposition of elements in its scenery.
Brazil is incredibly diverse but before we go deep into Brazil demographics, it is very crucial to mention one important thing about Brazil’s people. Everybody knows that one of the most dramatically unique traits of Brazil would have to be its people. When asked what do you think a Brazilian look like the stereotype answer will be somebody with a perfectly bronzed toned body and with slight dramatic features. One reason why this stereotype has been perpetuated so extensively is because in a strange way it’s kind of true. Over the course of a few hundred years since colonization, Brazil’s population has actually virtually invented an entirely new race that never exactly existed before and it makes up nearly half of the entire population and here I am talking about the “Pardo” people.
Pardo people are people that are either too white to be black or too black to be white and there’s probably a little bit of Amerindian in them. Brazil has about 202 million people making it the fifth most populous country in the world right behind Indonesia. About 47% of the people identify as white, about 43% identify as Pardo, about eight percent are black, 1.5 are Asian and a very small portion about 0.5% of the population are Amerindian. Speaking of Asians, Brazil is actually the country with the largest Japanese population outside of Japan. About 70% of whom live in the city of Sao Paulo. Asians have actually historically been migrating to Brazil for centuries.
In terms of socio regional distinctions, Brazil has quite a few of ethnic enclaves. For one you can typically find more black people in the north and especially in the Bahia state where they make up over half of the entire population. This is also the area where you can disputedly find some of the best capoeira masters in the world as it is believed to have originated in this area. In the south and more specifically in the Rio Grande do Sul State you have one of the largest white populations in the entire country with immigrants coming from places like Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands. In fact, many of these places have remained relatively untouched by the rest of Brazil and many of the communities still retain the mother language of the country the members of the community came from.
Although there’s a joke in Brazil that nobody has met anybody from the state of Acre because it’s so far and secluded that you may as well just call it North Bolivia. There are about 240 tribes that a little over 900,000 people claim to be a part of ethnically. The government has recognized 690 territories and reservations for these various people groups that make up about 13% of the entire country’s landmass nearly all of it localized in the Amazon rainforest.
Brazil’s governmental agency for tribal peoples has a list of about 80 uncontacted tribal groups that deliberately choose to remain disconnected from the rest of the world. The governmental agency speculates that there are still many unnamed undiscovered tribes currently living in the vast uncharted forests of the Amazon. Culture wise it really depends on where you are in Brazil but everybody knows that Brazil kind of has a very vibrant way that they carry their selves out to the rest of the world.
The center of culture disputably is Rio de Janeiro and the economic capital is Sao Paulo. Most of the population lives within driving distance of the coasts so there is in a sense a prevalent beach culture especially for the people on the east side of the country. Not everybody in Brazil loves soccer in fact many places prefer basketball and skateboarding has actually been a huge thing that’s been exploding over the past few years and also not everybody has been to a cotton ball.
Brazil gets along with everyone but it’s kind of like that friends that ventures often does whatever you want while you wait in the hallway until he comes back from doing whatever he’s doing. First off pretty much all of Brazil’s neighbor nations get along with them although Argentina has a huge competitive hatred for Brazil when it comes to soccer. All that aside Brazil have good relations and trade policies. They get along with other nations of the former Portuguese Empire like Angola, Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe, Cabo Verde and so on. They even get along with Portugal and have no bitterness towards the former colonial master.
Brazil has been a good friend with the US for centuries and have a deep history of trade and alliances. They have sided with the Venezuelan government more in the past few decades and has built a $1.5 Billion port in Cuba. Brazil has been testing the waters on attempting to build ties with Brazil although they haven’t really improved much recently. Nonetheless, Brazil is quite the popular guy and not many people dislike Brazil except for maybe the Brazilians in Brazil that may complain about their own country’s administrative affairs. In conclusion, Brazil is much more than just the Amazon and soccer and if you want to learn more about Brazil just talk to a Brazilian however just remember which side of the cookie you’re on.