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A pau-brasil (brazilwood) tree. The French challenged Portugal's hegemony in the region exploiting this native red wood that was abundant along the Brazilian coast and was the source of a red dye in demand in textile manufacture. The Portuguese decided to establish a central administration in Salvador, Bahia in 1549 and until 1763 they coordinated Brazil's colonization and settlement from there.Uma árvore pau-brasil. Os franceses desafiaram a hegemonia portuguesa na região, explorando esta madeira vermelha nativa que era abundante ao longo da costa brasileira e era a fonte de uma tintura vermelha em manufaturados têxteis. Os portugueses decidiram estabelecer uma administração central em Salvador, na Bahia, em 1549. Até 1763 eles coordenaram a colonização brasileira deste local.


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