Why Brazil Speaks Portuguese


I attended Progress Exchange CALA in Sao Paulo at the beginning of the week.  I had a great time meeting Progress customers and partners and our Progress team of the region.   In addition to all the contacts, I present two sessions, one on Tech Trends in IT, and another on The Impact of IOT.  Progress has many good partners in Latin America, including TOTVS, the largest software company in Latin America.

A great trip, even taking into account the two unavoidable red eye flights.  Sao Paulo is only 4 hours ahead of San Francisco but the trip is 6.6K miles with one stop in Miami.

Some more pictures of the trip are here

And what about the picture at the top of this post?  It shows the demarcation lines between Castille and Portugal arranged by the Treaty of Tordesillas (1494) and the Treaty of Zaragoza (1529).  The initial meridian chosen in Tordesillas was roughly half-way between Cape Verde Islands and the “new” islands discovered by Cristobal Colon.  That’s why Brazil speaks Portuguese and not Castilian like the most of Latin America.


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