Brazilian Indian and Their Strong Connection to the Land Essay

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Brazil was officially discovered by the Portuguese in 1500 and colonized in 1532. The Brazilian Indians (Indians) occupied the land since 9000BC and had a population of approximately 6 million when the Portuguese arrived (Momson, 2013). The country had an abundance of resources, with vast amounts of land, Brazilwood, gold, diamonds, rainforest and fish, which made it an attractive asset (The World Economy). In Brazil today 0.4% of the population are Brazilian Indians, comprising about 240 tribes (Survival). Since there are still tribes following traditional nomadic lives, through this assignment, the research of the Indian culture is derived from the current traditional tribes.
The Brazilian Indians had a strong connection to the land
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Their critical role of protecting their forests emphasises their views on resources, which have stayed constant throughout millenniums. ‘I am a shaman of the rainforest and I work with the forces of nature, not with the forces of money or weapons.’ - Davi Kopenawa Yanomami (Survival).
The motives throughout Europe in the era of exploring and colonising the new world was very similar; ‘Gold, God and Glory’ (Oziah, 2011). Under a facade of propagating Christianity globally, European countries exploited uncolonized lands, acquiring wealth whilst simultaneously gaining prestige. This was the case for Portugal, as colonisers had a mentality that they would not be invading another culture, rather helping ‘civilise’ them through Christianity (South African History Online, 2009). Sharing Christianity was a ‘pull’ factor for colonisers to move abroad and settle another country. A ‘push’ factor was the lack of opportunity in their home country while the ‘pull’ was the prospect to create a new life with the probability of gaining riches from cropping land or mining minerals. Brazil was settled 30 years after its discovery; a strategy to secure the territory from competing potential colonisers. The initial resource colonisers exported back to Europe was Brazilwood, which was used as a red dye for textiles. The land was then used for sugar plantations, enslaving the Indians as their labour force (The

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