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Why was sugar cultivation more profitable in the Caribbean/Brazil than West Africa?

In short, Brazil and Caribbean Isles were easy to colonize and suited to the culture of the sugar cane. This related question will provide most of the explanation why Africa was harder to colonize, ...
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Who issued this poster promoting Japanese migration to Brazil?

The poster was issued by Kaigai Kogyo Co. (海外興業 - you can see these characters in the footer of the poster written right to left), or Kaiko (海興) for short. Kaiko was a conglomerate formed by a merger ...
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Why was sugar cultivation more profitable in the Caribbean/Brazil than West Africa?

Many Native Americans had died of Old World disease, Africans did not When the Europeans showed up in the New World, they brought disease that killed a large portion of the local people (60%? 80%? 90%?...
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How can a diamond shape be a reference to Napoleon?

The book A História dos Símbolos Nacionais, published by the Brazilian Senate, states that indeed, [The flag] was conceived by Jean-Baptiste Debret, French painter and founder of our Academy of ...
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Why was sugar cultivation more profitable in the Caribbean/Brazil than West Africa?

The cultivation of sugar was more profitable on islands. The plantations in the "Caribbean" were on islands. Until the mid-16th century at least, production from "Brazil," largely came from Santa ...
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How, where and when did Lily Pettigrew die?

According to this article in the British Art Journal from 2014: [Lily] married John Boyden Barrett in 1898 and, probably because her husband did not approve, her modelling career ended. For two ...
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How can a diamond shape be a reference to Napoleon?

The flag design most closely associated with Napoleon would be his personal command flag. If he had one. Pending the discovery of the design of any personal flag of Napoleon, the flag design most ...
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Why is the Amazon rubber boom said to have started in 1879?

It is a good question. The expression 'first rubber boom started in 1879' does not imply that before that the rubber extraction was zero. It just imply that these were the golden years - that is ...
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Why has the Brazilian currency been changed so often throughout its history?

The present Brazilian Real was introduced in July 1994, by President Itamar Franco. It was part of a broader plan to stabilize the Brazilian economy (the "Plano Real"). A series of economic crises ...
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Why does Brazil have many more Italian descendants than the U.S. or Argentina when the latter two received more Italian immigrants?

Pure speculation: 1) Possibly Italians immigrants in Argentina and the US tended to mostly marry other persons of Italian descent. So most second generation Italian immigrants would combine descent ...
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Why has the Brazilian currency been changed so often throughout its history?

The last line on that wiki page (as of today) I think should be a pretty big clue: Thus, one modern Brazilian real is equivalent to 2,750,000,000,000,000,000,000 times the old real, that is, 2.75 ...
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Did the Portuguese Crown sponsor Brazilian gold-seeking expeditions (bandeiras) in the 17th century?

About the context of the bandeiras (unsponsored expeditions) from S. Paulo (formerly S. Vicente captaincy) In short: In much of the highlands, specially S. Paulo, outside of the sugar cane coastal ...
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How possible was it for colonizers to sail up the Paraná River to today's states of Paraná and São Paulo?

Colonizers heading for the gold mines at Cuiabá in the early 18th century used the Panará River. They also used the Tietê River for part of their journey, but not between Sao Paolo and Porto Feliz. ...
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Why does Brazil have many more Italian descendants than the U.S. or Argentina when the latter two received more Italian immigrants?

I am Brazilian of Italian descent (my father is the grandson of immigrants) and judging solely by looking at my father's family: he has 9 siblings, his father has 8 siblings and his mother 10 siblings....
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What are the figures in the "Goodbye Donald Trump" video

00:22 Washington Monument    https://www.nps.gov/wamo/index.htm 00:25 Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial    https://www.nps.gov/mlkm/index.htm 00:42 Crazy Horse Memorial    https://crazyhorsememorial....
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Why was sugar cultivation more profitable in the Caribbean/Brazil than West Africa?

Each of the current answers is excellent, but is only a partial answer. Another piece of the answer that I'm surprised hasn't already been mentioned is the Atlantic triangle slave trade: "...
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Did the Portuguese Crown sponsor Brazilian gold-seeking expeditions (bandeiras) in the 17th century?

After a fashion, yes. The {Brazilian gold rush began at the end of the 17th century in the mountainous province of Minas Gerais (General Mines in English), a rich ore-producing region to this day. ...
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Why has the Brazilian currency been changed so often throughout its history?

Changing the monetary unit and name during economic reforms is a way for government propaganda to signal 'things will be different now, trust us, this time it will work'. One actual semi-official ...
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Why does Brazil have many more Italian descendants than the U.S. or Argentina when the latter two received more Italian immigrants?

Simply put, the number of 27 million "Italian Brazilians" (as Wikipedia mistakenly call those people) is a fantasy. There is no census information or reasonable calculation that reports such figure. ...
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What was the attitude of Brazil's government towards the Spanish Civil War?

During the build up to WWII (which of course includes the period within which the Spanish Civil War happened) Vargas oscilated, probably on purpose, between a closer alliance with the US and UK, and ...
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