31 Facts About Minas Gerais


The main producer of coffee and milk in the country, Minas Gerais is known for its heritage of architecture and colonial art in historical cities such as Sao Joao del-Rei, Congonhas, Ouro Preto, Diamantina, Tiradentes, Mariana, Sabara and Serro.

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Minas Gerais is in the north of the southeast region of Brazil, which contains the states of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Espirito Santo.

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Minas Gerais's recorded them in the first book to be written by a black woman in Brazil - Sagrada Teologia do Amor Divino das Almas Peregrinas.

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The most notable one was the Minas Gerais conspiracy, started in 1789 by a group of middle-class colonists, mostly intellectuals and young officers.

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Minas Gerais was home to two of the most influential Brazilian politicians of the second half of the 20th century.

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Ethnic groups found in Minas Gerais include: Amerindians, Portuguese, Africans, Italians, Germans and Lebanese.

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The South of Minas Gerais is both the most European and the most densely populated part of the state.

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Population of Minas Gerais is the result of an intense mixture of peoples, particularly between Black Africans and Portuguese.

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The role of women in colonial Minas Gerais was much more dynamic than it would be allowed by the standards of the time.

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The society of Minas Gerais provided a great social mobility to former slaves, mainly for women.

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Ancestry of the Africans brought to Minas Gerais was both West African and Bantu, with a predominance of the former initially and a predominance of the latter later.

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Minas Gerais is home to some of the best schools in the country, both at the secondary and higher levels.

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Minas Gerais is the second-largest consumer market in Brazil, behind the state of Sao Paulo.

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Minas Gerais is a major producer of milk, coffee and other agricultural commodities, as well as minerals.

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Minas Gerais is the second largest producer of beans in Brazil, with 17.

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Minas Gerais was the 12th largest producer in the country, with almost 500 thousand tons.

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Minas Gerais is the main producer of milk in Brazil, with the highest number of milked cows, responsible for 26.

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Minas Gerais continues to mine diamonds, in addition to having larger or smaller scale productions of agate, emerald, garnet, jasper and sapphire.

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Minas Gerais is the third largest vehicle producer in the country, with a 10.

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Minas Gerais created food companies of national importance such as Itambe and Pif Paf Alimentos.

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Minas Gerais has a polo specialized in cheap shoes and sneakers in Nova Serrana.

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One of the most important tourist circuits in Minas Gerais is the Estrada Real, which passes through the old roads used to transport gold from the mines, connecting the central region of the state with the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Parati.

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Minas Gerais is the Brazilian state that harbors the highest mileage of highways.

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However, there are still active railways that cross the Minas Gerais, today used only for freight, such as the old Central do Brasil Railway, Leopoldina Railway, Western Minas Railway and Steel Railway, operated by dealers.

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Vitoria a Minas Gerais Railway is responsible for transporting the production of Vale and other state companies to the port of Tubarao, in Vitoria, Espirito Santo, and operates the only daily passenger train in Brazil that runs long distances, between Vitoria and Belo Horizonte, which connects other cities that have stations.

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Those born and raised in Minas Gerais, called Mineiros, bear an unmistakable accent that sets them apart from fellow Brazilians, although people born in different regions of the state bear slightly different accents, some resembling those of neighboring states, such as Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Bahia.

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The best-known dish from Minas Gerais is "pao de queijo", a small baked roll made with cheese and cassava flour that can be served hot as an appetizer or for breakfast.

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Minas Gerais cheese is renowned nationwide as the distinct Brazilian cheese.

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Outside of Minas Gerais it is common to find restaurants specializing in food from the state.

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Music is one of the most striking features of Minas Gerais and has been part of the history of the state since the early 16th and 17th centuries.

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Flag of the state of Minas Gerais is the oldest one adopted in Brazil that was devised by Brazilians.

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