~Brazil~. Meghan and Patricia . Introduction.
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Meghan and Patricia
Brazil shares a border with almost every other country in South America--only Chile and Ecuador are untouched--and covers almost half the continent. It is the fifth largest country in the world, behind Russia, Canada, China, and the U.S.A., with an area of eight and a half million square kilometers.
Population: 203, 429, 773
Area: 8, 514, 877 sq km
Ethnic groups: African, Portuguese, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, indigenous peoples, and people of Middle Eastern descent.
Religion: Roman Catholic (74%).
Education: Literacy (2009)--90.3% of adult population.
Health: Infant mortality rate (2009)--22.5/1,000. Life expectancy (2010)--73.1 years.
Type: Federative republic.
Independence: September 7, 1822.
Constitution: Promulgated October 5, 1988.
Branches: Executive--President. Legislative--Senate, Chamber of Deputies. Judicial--Supreme Federal Tribunal.
Capital: Brasilia (New capital city of Brazil with striking modern architecture)
Brazil: Mysterious remains of Pre-Colombian civilization, marvelous examples of Spanish and Portuguese colonial architecture.
Feijoada is a bean and smoked meat stew which uses black turtle beans if it is made in Rio de Janeiro.
Pão de queijois a bread with cheese, and use to eat with slices of Serrocheese, a cup of strong coffee or sometimes a glass of jabuticaba wine.
Pastel is a typical fast food Brazilian dish. The most common fillings are ground beef meat, mozzarella cheese, heart of palm, catupiry cream cheese, chicken meat and small shrimps.
Railways are well developed in Brazil and that is why Brazil is better than other countries, in term of transportation in South America.
In certain mountainous regions of some countries, such as Peru and Bolivia, the only effective menas of transport are walking and using domesticated animals such as burros and llamas.
-Brazil is larger than Japan, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Indonesia and South Africa
Feijoada, Marga.org, 29/01/2012 http://www.marga.org/food/int/brazil/feijoada.html
Pastel, SouthAmericanFood.about.com, 29/01/2012http://southamericanfood.about.com/od/exploresouthamericanfood/tp/BrazilianMenu.htm
Pão de queijo, Theperfectpantry.com, 29/01/2012http://www.theperfectpantry.com/2010/05/manioc-starch-recipe-pao-de-queijobrazilian-cheese-bread.html
Brazil, Cia.gov, 29/01/2012https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/br.html
Brazil, State.gov, 29/01/2012http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/35640.htm