[dropcap]B[/dropcap]razil is a country studded with gorgeous beaches and even more gorgeous people. It boasts of some of the most amazingly beautiful landscapes, delicious foods, and impressive-looking (and powerful) cocktails.
Here we listed some fun facts about Brazil that will Amaze you, Read on!
1- The word “Brazil,” meaning “red like an ember,” comes from pau brasil (brazilwood), a tree that once grew abundantly along the Brazilian coast that produced a deep red dye. Brazilwood was valued by European traders who came from the Portuguese coast in the sixteenth century to trade with the Tupí-Guaraní Indians.
2- Brazil is the sixth-largest country in the world with a population of 200 million and the fifth-largest by landmass with 5.35 million square miles. It is also the largest country in South America.
3- The Amazon rain forest is the world’s largest, containing one-fifth of the world’s freshwater reserves and producing one-third of the earth’s oxygen. About sixty percent of the Amazon lies in Brazil.
4- Brazil is home to the most famous carnival in the world: the Rio de Janeiro carnival, which is often cited as “the world’s largest party.”
5- Brazil has more than four thousand airports, which makes it the second country with the most airports in the world just behind the United States.
6- It is estimated that about four million slaves were taken from Africa to Brazil during the slave trade, which was about forty-five percent of all slaves brought to the Americas. In other words, and contrary to popular belief, Brazil had more slaves than the United States.
7- The country’s most famous motto is “Ordem e Progresso,” which means “order and progress.”
8- the 1980s Brazil became the first South American country to accept women into its armed forces.
9- Brazil boasts the largest population of Catholics in the world at sixty-six percent of its population, about 130 million of the country’s total population.
10- Brazil has been the world’s largest exporter of coffee for 150 years. It supplied around eighty percent of the world’s coffee in the 1920s but that figure has currently fallen to around a third.