What makes Brazilians Brazilians?
Gilberto Freyre, arguably Brazil’s greatest sociologist, does a great job in studying and hypothesising why Brazilians are the way they are.
According to him, it all boils down to the Portuguese people, and their adaptation to the newly conquered land, Brasil, named after a common native tree that is nowadays almost extinct. The Portuguese are themselves a melting pot of differences: on one hand, there’s the European heritage, more Germanic, cold, and direct. On the other, there’s the influence - and ethnic mixture - of the Moore peoples of northern Africa, who’d maintained control of the Iberian peninsula for a long time.
The cold and the warm also come together on the climate of Portugal, which is almost as northernly as New York, but that bathes itself on the warm, velvety winds that flow north from the Saara desert and over the Mediterranean sea. It softens the Portuguese; brings a
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