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Distribution of principal ethnic origins in Brazil, 2010

Source: Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, www.ibge.gov.br

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The series of four maps created from data provided by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), which takes a census of people according to their skin color (self-declared out of six possibilities), shows not only the diversity of the Brazilian population but also the importance of mixed origins. People of mixed race are by far the most numerous across the country, but particularly in the northeast and in the Amazon, in contrast to the greater numbers of white people in the south; this is the richest region and the traditional place of arrival for European immigrants. Black people are present in the northeast and in all parts of the South East which developed because of slavery, while Indians are mainly found in the Amazon.

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