Exploring Bahia: Brazil’s Most African State

 Bahia is Brazil's most African state, with more than three quarters of its 15 million inhabitants tracing their roots back to t
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Traveler: "Today, Bahia is Brazil's most African state, with more than three quarters of its 15 million inhabitants tracing their roots back to the opposite side of the Atlantic."
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This is the place where most of the Africans were brought. That's probably the first thing you should know about Bahia.

They were brought from the western coast of Africa to toil in the vast fields of sugarcane that once helped make Portugal one of the wealthiest empires in the world.

Nearly 1.7 million enslaved Africans arrived in Brazil during the slave trade, and the country was the last in the Americas to make the practice illegal.

Today, Bahia is Brazil's most African state, with more than three quarters of its 15 million inhabitants tracing their roots back to the opposite side of the Atlantic.

But really that's just another way of saying that Bahia is Brazil's most Brazilian state, since so many of the country's contributions to the world, from its Carnaval to its capoeira, were first created in Bahia by Africans and their descendants and continue to grow and flourish there today.

Read rest of story here: https://www.cntraveler.com/story/exploring-bahias-afro-brazilian-roots

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