Comparison of Mexico and Brazil
Although both Mexico and Brazil are regions of very large urban populations, the ethnic make-up of the regions are quite distinct from each other. Beginning in the sixteenth century both regions came into contact with European nations. Mexico and Brazil both had populations of Amerindians before the Europeans arrived. In Mexico the Spanish would encounter the advanced civilizations of the Aztecs ruled by Montezuma (Suchlicki 26). The Aztec population has been estimated to be between 80,000 to 250,000. The Aztec people had built a great city at Tenochtitlan. The Aztec were advanced in their architectural abilities, their engineering accomplishments, and their culture (22). In Brazil the Amerindian population upon arrival of the Portuguese was fragmented into innumerable small tribes (Burns 17). There was no culture in Brazil when the Europeans arrived that can be compared to the Aztecs of Mexico (21).
The fact that different European countries colonized Mexico and Brazil is most noticeable today in the languages of the countries. The languages of Brazil and Mexico are different. The official language of Brazil is Portuguese (Microsoft Encarta). The major language of Mexico is Spanish. Some
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