Bahia Brazil

Explorations in Race, Culture and Education


Bahia Brazil Tour:
Explorations in Race, Culture and Education​

Salvador Bahia Brazil: Explorations in Race, Culture and Education

Salvador Bahia is known as the African heart of Brazil. The cultural presence and political power of Afro-Brazilians is steeped in over 500 years of resistance, survival and the strength of the African spirit.

The history of European enslavement of African people to the region dates back to the early 1500s where Portuguese enslavers would eventually bring nearly 40% of all enslaved African people to the region. As the center of the early Brazilian slave trade, Bahia is distinctive in African character. These include the Yoruba-derived religious system of Candomblé, the martial art of capoeira African-derived music such as samba, afoxé, and ахй, and foods with strong links to western Africa.

Salvador is the capital of the Brazilian state of Bahia. Nearly the size of Texas, the state of Bahia holds the roots of the Brazilian nation.