Brazil (Modern World Nations) by Harry Greenbaum

By Harry Greenbaum

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All of the land in the New World that was located up to 370 leagues (1,110 miles; 1,780 kilometers) west of the Cape Verde Islands (in the eastern Atlantic Ocean) was given to Portugal. q 2/26/03 11:31 PM Page 33 Brazil Through Time farther west were given to Spain. The treaty was sanctioned and supported by Pope Julius II in 1506. Looking at a map, one can see that not only most of South America, but also the United States, Mexico, Central America, and the islands of the Caribbean, lie to the west of Brazil.

Others, like Nara Leao, were so popular that military authorities were afraid to arrest them. Samba (a dance) and bossa nova (a form of music) have been universally recognized as a reflection of the tropical splendor of Brazil. The origin of both samba and bossa nova comes from many parts of the world, a further indication of Brazil’s rich and varied cultural tradition. Both have many variations, which often reflect regional differences within Brazil. They have been adopted for functions that range from carnivals to ballroom dancing.

Life expectancy has increased greatly during recent decades. Today, most Brazilians can expect to live about 70 years. Although this figure has been improving over the years, it still places Brazil near the bottom of Latin American countries in terms of average life span. Much must still be done to improve health care. Accidental deaths, including those resulting from violence, are quite high in Brazil. These factors, among others (for example, the country has South America’s second-highest rate of HIV/AIDS), contribute to a 65-year life expectancy for males.

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