Exports, slavery, and Patriarchy have been the three constants of Brazilian history. History and Culture Information and Travel Guide. Vacation package Book. The export orientation of the colonial economy shaped Brazil's society. Even the name "Brazil," like the country itself, is suggestive of commerce and the pursuit of wealth. Brazil's name derives from the brazil wood trees from which Europeans sought in the sixteenth century to make valuable red dyes. However, the central fact of the country's history was the exploitation of cheap labor, first as slaves, then as wage-earners. Indeed, Brazil's history is the story not only of conquest but also of the enslavement of its native peoples and of millions of imported African slaves. In this book, you will have the information on the entire history of Brazil, early history and present, government, politics, economy, people and tradition.