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2. In which year – and from which country – did European explorers first land in Brazil?

In 1500, the Portuguese explorer Pedro Cabral first saw Brazil, as is registred in a letter written by his scribe Pero Vaz de Caminha. Brazil was a Portuguese colony until 1822. Even though Latin America is often associated with the Spanish-language, Brazil’s sheer size means the majority of South Americans speak Portuguese.

In 1500, the Portuguese explorer Pedro Cabral first saw Brazil, as is registred in a letter written by his scribe Pero Vaz de Caminha. Brazil was a Portuguese colony until 1822. Even though Latin America is often associated with the Spanish-language, Brazil’s sheer size means the majority of South Americans speak Portuguese.

In 1500, the Portuguese explorer Pedro Cabral first saw Brazil, as is registred in a letter written by his scribe Pero Vaz de Caminha. Brazil was a Portuguese colony until 1822. Even though Latin America is often associated with the Spanish-language, Brazil’s sheer size means the majority of South Americans speak Portuguese.

In 1500, the Portuguese explorer Pedro Cabral first saw Brazil, as is registred in a letter written by his scribe Pero Vaz de Caminha. Brazil was a Portuguese colony until 1822. Even though Latin America is often associated with the Spanish-language, Brazil’s sheer size means the majority of South Americans speak Portuguese.

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Spain in 1492

 

Portugal in 1502

 

Spain and Portugal in 1556

 

Portugal in 1500

 
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