Following more than three centuries under Portuguese rule, Brazil gained its independence in 1822, maintaining a monarchical system of government until the abolition of slavery in 1888 and the subsequent proclamation of a republic by the military in 1889. Brazilian coffee exporters politically dominated the country until populist leader Getulio VARGAS rose to power in 1930. By far the largest and most populous country in South America, Brazil underwent more than a half century of populist and military government until 1985, when the military regime peacefully ceded power to civilian rulers. Brazil continues to pursue industrial and agricultural growth and development of its interior. Exploiting vast natural resources and a large labor pool, it is today South America's leading economic power and a regional leader, one of the first in the area to begin an economic recovery. Highly unequal income distribution and crime remain pressing problems. (© CIA Factbook)

1 Cruzeiro - P191Aa

100 Cruzeiros - P198b

500 Cruzados - P212c

1000 Cruzados - P213b

5 Cruzados Novos op 5000 Cruzados - P217a

50 Cruzeiros op 50 Cruzados Novos - P223

500 Cruzeiros op 500 Cruzados Novos - P226b

100 Cruzeiros - P228

200 Cruzeiros - P229

1000 Cruzeiros - P231b

Steven | Vrijdag 01 November 2013 at 2:44 pm