Brazilian currency is called the real, which is the Portuguese word for the homographic English word “real.” Brazilian reals have been in circulation since July 1, 1994. But they were also in use from March 1994 until then — kind of. For those three months, the real was anything but real. It was, rather, pretend — entirely non-existant. The hope was that by creating a monetary system which did not have any currency representing it, they could save the Brazilian economy.
And by most measures, it worked. (read more)
|The VW Brasilia was sold throughout the Middle-East in the late 70s and early 80s and probably in other countries as well. In Saudi Arabia it was widely sold until the Japanese entered the market. I have heard that it was “the car” in Iraq during the 70s. A collector’s car now!.
|EYES ON BRAZIL: A bit of Americana in Brazil
|Eyes on Brazil has posted a very interesting and educational entry about the American Confederate colony established in Americana and Santa Barbara d’Oeste, São Paulo.
Few Americans know of this episode of American history and even fewer Brazilians. As one of the Confederate descendants states in the video presentation “America was a country people emigrated to; not emigrated from.
|Henry Ford’s Amazon experiment in Fordlandia, Brazil. Photograph: Colin McPherson/Corbis|
Wallpaper’s Sara Henrichs dreams of visiting Henry Ford’s ghost town in the Amazon forest
Two years ago I went to Brazil with Willi, also known as my father, but Willi suits him better. I told Willi I had seven days, and he started laughing and said:
“Sara, I lived seven years out there and still haven’t seen everything I wanted. You will wander out of the ordinary, but you won’t make it to Fordlandia.”
Nice post on “Argentine Post” about the history of these two Gringo Bandidos. A couple interesting photos as well.
Only recently did I learn about the New Australia Colony of Paraguay. One of the great benefits of the Internet is long, lost stories of years ago are being made available to people around the world.
In September 1893, a group left Australia to form a socialist paradise at the New Australia Colony in Paraguay. Like most of these utopia ventures, this one failed, but the story lives on.
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- Argentina Independent: The Australian Colony in Paraguay
- Australian Broadcasting Corp – Six part series
- Cosme and New Australia Colonies – National Library of Australia
- New Australia- Wikipedia
- New York Times: AUSTRALIANS IN PARAGUAY.; Two Views of the Colonists Which Conflict with Each Other
- William Lane – Founder of Colony
Another Brazilian aviation story is the flight from the US to Brazil in 1935 by H.F. Johnson Jr of SC Johnson & Son. In 1998, his son, Samuel C. Johnson, built a exact replica of the 1935 plane and flew to Brazil following the original route of his father.
Rubber Jungle Part 4 – “HENRY FORD’S FORDLAND”
The next stop on our rubber history cruise was a place called Fordland. It was a huge rubber plantation built by American car manufacturer, Henry Ford. For Mr. Ford, the plantation was an answer to the British controlled rubber market and a dependable way to supply his auto factories with rubber. For the Rubber Tappers, it was a possible revival of their trade… Join us as we visit Fordland and discover the secrets of what happened when a king size industrialist took on the Amazon.
PERNAMBUCO, BRAZIL – GATEWAY TO NEW YORK
350 YEARS AGO (1654) – A historic journey from
RECIFE, BRAZIL to NEW AMSTERDAM (NEW YORK)
The origins of the first Jewish community of North America
The history of early American Jews is intimately connected with that of Brazilian Jewry. The first organized Jewish community in the Western Hemisphere traced its roots to Recife, Brazil. That community’s existence ended on January 26, 1654, when the Dutch people of Brazil signed a Capitulation agreement that returned the South American territory that they had occupied for nearly 25 years to the Portuguese “Liberation” forces. Between 1645 and 1654, the Jewish population in Brazil declined from a peak of 1,450 to 600 due to the continuous fighting between the Dutch and the Portuguese, the loss of trade, economic adversity, and the impending threat of religious intolerance.
As a kid growning up in Southwest Oklahoma in the early 50′s, I can remember official racism -water fountains (white/colored), restrooms (white/colored), schools (white/colored). Yet, I also remember the “colored” woman who had a small farm to the west of ours and as I walked the country road from country school to home, she would give me a ride.
I remember the Supreme Court ruling in 1954 against “equal but separate” and the chaos that followed over the years…the Forrest Gump years.
So today is a big step forward for the United States on a journey that has yet to end. Perhaps, it is even a bigger step for the American people; especially African-Americans.