Brazil took another 20 years after the end of slavery in the United States to emancipate the bulk of its African-Americans in the 1880s. However, in the new millennium, it has been far ahead of its North American neighbor to emancipate its society from fossil fuels. All cars in Brazil run on fuel created from sugar beets, a project that took just 10 years to complete.
Now Brazilian companies are purchasing American companies and the Brazilian real is worth 50 cents more than the U.S. dollars.
Along with political and energy reform is coming a new sense of consciousness among the largest population of Africans in the Western Hemisphere. Bahia is becoming a popular vacation spot for African-Americans. Like the Caribbean, it can also be a long-term economic development play as Brazilian blacks begin to flex their muscle.