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Brazil's cultural diversity

Brazil's cultural diversity


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Brazilian cultural diversity is the result of the miscegenation of several ethnic groups that participated in the formation of the population of Brazil. The predominant Brazilian cultural diversity is also a consequence of the great territorial extension and the characteristics generated in each region of the country.

The white element that participated in the formation of Brazilian culture was part of several groups, arriving in the country during the colonial era. In addition to the Portuguese, the Spanish came (from 1580 to 1640) during the Iberian Union, during which Portugal came under the control of Spain.


Several ethnic groups participated in the formation of the Brazilian people.

During the Dutch occupation in the northeast (from 1630 to 1654), came Flemish or Dutch, who stayed in the country, even after the retaking of the area by the Portuguese. In the colony, the French, English and Italians arrived.

However, it was from the Portuguese that we received the largest portion of our cultural heritage, where the history of Portuguese immigration in Brazil mingles with our own. It was they, the colonizers, who were responsible for the initial formation of the Brazilian population, through the process of miscegenation with Indians and black Africans, from 1500 to 1808, consequently for three centuries, were the only Europeans who could freely enter Brazil.

The formation of Brazilian culture

The constitution of Brazilian culture, in its various aspects, is the result of the integration of cultural elements: indigenous, Portuguese colonizer, African Negro, as well as the various immigrants who came to our country. We will study each one below.