The people of Brazil claim descent from peoples of many countries - there are the descendants of the Indians (the original inhabitants of the area) and the descendants of pioneer families who emigrated to the New World centuries ago. And there are immigrants and refugees who have come to Brazil during recent years; among modern Brazilians there are people of Japanese, Negro, Hungarian, Portuguese, German and Italian ancestry.
John C. Caldwell describes this very varied population (and the beautiful country they live in) with sympathy and understanding. He traces the early history of Brazil and the Portuguese conquest. He describes the cities and the countryside; the great port of Rio de Janeiro and the new capital named Brasilia. He takes his readers on an exciting visit to a coffee plantation and describes many unusual and spectacular features of his colourful country.
This is a book which presents modern Brazil, in all its variety, against the background of its chequered history. In straight forward text and striking photographic illustrations John C. Caldwell introduces his readers to Brazil and the Brazilians and describes their everyday life, their traditions, their ambitions for the future, their place in the modern world and their relations with their South American neighbours.