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German Brazilians (Brasileiros Alemães)

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Date: 1820 [unknown]
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Esta página foi criada como um auxílio de pesquisa para encontrar informações sobre os alemães que emigraram para o Brasil a partir do início da década de 1820.


O seguinte foi copiado da Wikipedia: German Brazilians e deve ser reescrito eventualmente:

Welcome to the German Brazilians Team Page

This page was created as a research aid to find information on those Germans who emigrated to Brazil from the early 1820s.


The following was copied from Wikipedia: German Brazilians and should be re-written eventually:
When German-speaking immigrants first arrived in Brazil starting at the beginning of the 19th century, they did not identify themselves so much as a unified German-Brazilian group. However, as time went on this common regional identity did emerge for many different geo-socio-political reasons. Germans immigrated mainly from what is now Germany, but also from other countries where German communities were established. From 1824 to 1969, around 250,000 Germans emigrated to Brazil, being the fourth largest immigrant community to settle in the country, after the Portuguese, Italians and Spaniards. About 30% of them arrived between World War I and World War II.
The first German immigrants to settle in Brazil were 165 families who settled in Ilhéus, Bahia, in 1818. One year later, 200 families settled São Jorge, in the same state. Some Germans were brought to work in the Brazilian army after Independence from Portugal in 1822.
However, the cradle of the German settlement in Brazil was São Leopoldo, in 1824. At that time Southern Brazil had a very low population density. Most of its inhabitants were concentrated on the coast and a few in the Pampas. The interior was covered by forests and sparsely populated by different groups of native Amerindians. The absence of a unified population in the interior was regarded as a problem by the Brazilian government because Southern Brazil could easily be invaded by neighboring countries.
Since Brazil was recently independent from Portugal, it was not possible to bring Portuguese immigrants. Germany was suffering the effects of the wars against Napoleon, overpopulation and poverty in the countryside. Many Germans were willing to immigrate to Brazil. Furthermore, Brazil's Empress, Maria Leopoldina, was Austrian and encouraged the arrival of German immigrants.
The first years were not easy. Many Germans died of tropical disease, while others left the colonies to find better living conditions. The German colony of São Leopoldo was in the early years a disaster. Nevertheless, in the following years, a further 4,830 Germans arrived at São Leopoldo, and then the colony started to develop, with the immigrants establishing the town of Novo Hamburgo (New Hamburg). From São Leopoldo and Novo Hamburgo, the German immigrants spread into other areas of Rio Grande do Sul, mainly close to sources of rivers. The whole region of Vale dos Sinos was populated by Germans. During the 1830s and part of the 1840s German immigration to Brazil was interrupted due to conflicts in the country (Ragamuffin War).
Immigration restarted after 1845 with the creation of new colonies. The most important ones were Blumenau in 1850 and Joinville in 1851, both in Santa Catarina state; these attracted thousands of German immigrants to the region. Some of the mass influx was due to the Revolutions of 1848 in the German states. Nowadays these areas of German colonization are among the wealthiest parts of Brazil, with the lowest levels of unemployment and illiteracy found in the country, and still retain a strong influence from German culture.
By the end of the 19th century, 122 German communities had been created in Rio Grande do Sul, and many others in Santa Catarina, Paraná, São Paulo, Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro. Germans helped to establish a middle-class population in Brazil, a country that was formerly divided between slaves and their masters.
More information can be found below:
  • The first German communities
  • DVHH
  • Seyferth, Giralda. "German Immigration and the Formation of German-Brazilian Ethnicity." in Anthropological Journal on European Cultures, vol. 7, no. 2, 1998, pp. 131–154. JSTOR

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{{Migrating Ancestor |origin= Germany |destination= Brazil|origin-flag= Flags.gif |destination-flag= Flags_of_South_America-17.png }}
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Steve and Traci, adding the LatAm account sounds great! Thanks for all your work. - Karen
posted by Karen Lowe
Thanks Karen.

So far Traci has done all the work to set up this page. I have joined the Latin America project specifically to help form a Brazil Sub-project. I'll send you more details about my thoughts inside the next week - Steve.

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LatAm added as PM. Thanks Karen. The page is in good hands with Steve ... he's awesome!


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