Above: Why Do Brazilians Speak Portuguese And Not Spanish?
Unlike other Latin American countries, Brazil’s official language is Portuguese, not Spanish. So what led to the country’s different language?
Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and Latin America. As the world’s fifth largest country by both area and population, it is the largest country to have Portuguese as an official language and the only country in the Americas. Bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east, Brazil has a coastline of 7,491 km (4,655 mi). Brazil borders all other South American countries except Ecuador and Chile and covers approximately 47.3% of the continent’s land area. Brazil’s Amazon River basin includes a vast tropical forest, home to diverse wildlife, a variety of ecological systems, and extensive natural resources spanning numerous protected habitats. This unique environmental heritage makes Brazil the subject of significant global interest and debate regarding deforestation and environmental protection.