Pre-Colonial Brazil - 1500 to 1530 - a Short Analysis

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Pre-Colonial Brazil - 1500 to 1530 - a Short Analysis

In crafting your essay, make sure to incorporate material from reading, lecture and discussions in support of your argument.   You essay should be between 5-6 pages long, double-spaced.   Please use Chicago/Turabian style footnotes to cite your sources.  
Describe the most (or among the most) significant consequences of the early encounters between Amerindian peoples and Europeans in Brazil. You may address one or more of the following:   political change, social change, environmental consequences, and economic circumstances.  

A Portuguese expedition led by Pedro Alvares Cabral landed in Brazil in 22 of April of 1500. This is the date of the discovery of Brazil. In its country’s history the first three decades after the discovery - 1500 to 1530 - came to be known as the pre-colonial period because the Portuguese had no clear and significant plan of colonization to the newly discovered territory. However, in spite of that these first three decades witnessed significant changes in the new territory, especially in the areas where indigenous communities and Europeans engaged in the extraction and trading of Brazilwood. Thus, this paper aims at understanding the first years of the contact between the indigenous people and the Portuguese and other Europeans who came to this part of the ‘new world,’ in what is now Brazil, and also, secondarily, comparisons between the Spanish and Portuguese America are made.
(main arguments)
This paper argues that the majority of the similarities and differences between Portuguese and the Spanish America come from two majors areas: the differences between the Portuguese and the Spanish model of colonization and also the cultural differences between natives (the Tupi-Guarani in Brazil and the ‘high civilizations’ in Spanish America such as the Inca and Aztec Empire.) Compared to the Spanish, the Portuguese took a different approach to newly discovered lands in the new World. There are several reasons for that perhaps the most...
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