BR14: A Rota dos Imigrantes is a series of documentaries airing on TV Brasil in June during the World Cup, with the idea being that an immigrant in Brazil from each country competing in the World Cup will be shown whilst visiting places with links to their homeland or fellow exiles who have made a life in Brazil. The series begins tonight and the first show features Japan and Costa Rica.
The reason I am plugging the show here is because I am excited to say that earlier this year I was invited to be the focus of the programme on England. My episode airs on 16th June at 7.30pm and whilst I don’t want to give too much away, all I’ll say is that I had the honour of meeting someone whose grandfather every Brazilian will thank for what he brought to their country.
Here is link to the page with more information about my episode and below you can watch a trailer for the series. Also, here are links to the show’s website and its Facebook page. Enjoy!
When I think about the history of the British Empire I, like most people I’m sure, tend to think of our exploits in the usual places – Asia, Africa, the Middle-East, Australasia and North America.
But South America? Well, I’d never really thought about us Brits having anything to do with the continent. I mean it was a continent of Spanish and Portuguese colonies right?
The empire at its peak.
Well, yes, apart from British Guiana it was. Not that deterred us of course.
British involvement in the continent stretches as far back to the likes of Francis Drake and Walter Raleigh and, as one can imagine, they took a typically straightforward approach to international relations (i.e. robbing the Spanish of their loot). Continue Reading