American Pictures/ Tony Morrison
Santa Catarina state, Blumenau : German, Italian and other European immigrants
began arriving in Brazil early in the 19th century. Blumenau founded in 1850 became
the centre of the German community, and for many years the immigrants retained
the customs and language of their homelands. Today buildings in the city reflect
its German origin, and an annual Oktoberfest is held with German bands and dancers.