For that reason, Brazil also holds Amerindian influences in its culture, mainly in its food and language.
Black Africans, who were brought as slaves to Brazil, also participated actively in the formation of Brazilian culture.
Although the Portuguese colonists forced their slaves to convert to Catholicism and speak Portuguese their cultural influences were absorbed by the inhabitants of Brazil of all races and origins.
The culture of Brazil is primarily Western, but presents a very diverse nature showing that an ethnic and cultural mixing occurred in the colonial period involving mostly Indigenous peoples of the coastal and most accessible riverine areas, Portuguese people and African people.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, together with further waves of Portuguese colonization, Italians, Spaniards, Germans, Austrians, Levantine Arabs (Syrians and Lebanese), Armenians, Japanese, Chinese, Koreans, Greeks, Poles, Helvetians, Ukrainians and Russians settled in Brazil, playing an important role in its culture as it started to shape a multicultural and multiethnic society.
There are significant communities of German (mostly the Hunsrückisch, a High German language dialect) and Italian (mostly the Talian dialect, of Venetian origin) speakers in the south of the country, both of which are influenced by the Portuguese language.
Not to mention the Slavic communities, Ukrainians and Poles which are also part of these minority languages.In the Southeast, it is common to eat Minas cheese, pizza, tutu, polenta, macaroni, lasagna, and gnocchi.Churrasco is the typical meal of Rio Grande do Sul.Second row: African, pardo (cafuzo, mulato and caboclo, respectively) and Indigenous (Amerindian) Brazilians. The Indigenous inhabitants of Brazil had much contact with the colonists.Many became extinct, others mixed with the Portuguese.In recent decades Brazilian society has witnessed a rise in Protestantism.