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Brazil is the only country inSouth America where Portuguese is the national language. That’s because, from when Portuguese explorer Pedro Álvares Cabral landed there in 1500, until 1822,Brazil was a colony ofPortugal. There were many native tribes inBrazil, but it was then thatBrazilgot its name. The European sailors traded brazilwood — used to dye cloth red — from the brazilwood tree that once grew in abundance along the coast. And so the region became known as Terra do Brasil (LandofBrazil).
Did you ever dream of stumbling on a mystery? I didn’t, but, a mystery found me anyway. Well, I guess I should say found us — well, I guess I should start at the beginning.
It’s June now and I think of students worldwide packing up their books, emptying their lockers, and bidding their friends and teachers farewell. With one foot literally out the classroom door, turning around nonchalantly to the teacher to offer a breezy “Thank you for a great year and um, hmm, are you mochel us if we did anything wrong?”