Saturday, 3 May 2014

Brazilian History

Before the Portuguese arrived Brazil was known as “Pindorama” - Land of the Pindobas (pindoba is a type of fruit).
The Portuguese renamed it Vera Cruz (Cross of Truth).
The name Brazil comes from the name of a type of hardwood tree called “pau-brasil” which was extremely valued by the Portuguese as a source of red dye.
pau-brasil tree

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