The sea was a crucial factor in the saga of Brazil's colonization and settlement. Our coast, which extends some 9,200 kilometers – nearly all of which is easily accessible – led to a predominantly coastal occupation, which only later would spread into the rural regions.
Brasil – A Costa presents a detailed description of this extensive coast, from Cape Orange in Amapá, to Arroio Chuí in Rio Grande do Sul. Through texts and vast iconography – formed by photos, paintings, maps and documents –, the book shows a wide variety of low-lying coasts, mangroves, Neolithic formations, bays, reefs and coastal lakes.
Launched in 1983, the trilingual publication (Portuguese / English / French) gathered the research of Wagner Monteiro, text of Vilmar Berna, photos of Leandro Sangoi and Pedro Oswaldo Cruz and illustrations of Oswaldo Ulhoa. The book presents a preface by then Minister of the Navy, Admiral Maximiano da Fonseca.