Immigrants made important contributions to Brazilian culture. The history of immigration in Brazil began in the year 1808, with the opening of ports to friendly nations, made by D. João.
To populate the territory, came families Portuguese, Azorean, who settled in Rio Grande do Sul. Also came Swiss, Prussians, Spanish, French, Syrian, Lebanese, Polish, Ukrainian, Japanese and Italian.
From 1819 to 1940, French immigrated to Brazil. Many of these arrived around 1884 to 1925, more than 25,000 French immigrants in this period.
The highlight, however, were the Italians and the Germans, who arrived in large numbers. They concentrated in the south and southeast of the country, leaving important marks of their cultures, especially in architecture, language, cuisine, regional and folk festivals.
Italian colonization of southern Brazil
The wine culture of southern Brazil is concentrated mainly in the region of Serra Gaucha and Campaign, where predominates descendants of Italians and Germans.
Grape Plantation in Bento Gonçalves, Rio Grande do Sul
In the city of São Paulo, due to the large flow of Italians, neighborhoods such as Bom Retiro, Brás, Bixiga and Barra Funda have emerged, where the presence of Italians, their cultural aspects and their restaurants with typical foods such as pasta, pizza, lasagna, cannelloni, among others.
Facade of building in the neighborhood of Bixiga in Sao Paulo