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as well as later in the early eighteenth century, whose traces are still recognized in the Spanish names of certain families. Many Paulistas have remained unmixed with the Indians, and they are so white, even lighter, than the pure European settler in the northern provinces of Brazil. The Indians, children of Mesticos and Mamlukes, depending on the degree of the mixture, have a pale yellow, or almost white, coffee-colored skin. It is, however, in the broad, round face, with protruding cheeks, in the not large black eyes, and in a certain uncertainty of the eye, more or less, we find proof of the crossing with the Indian. Moreover, the main features of the Paulista are tall stature, broad chest, strongly accented features, which indicate frankness and openess; the eyes are brown, rarely blue, full of liveliness and energy, the hair is black and straight, the muscles are strong, agile and the movement is agile. With reason the Paulista is considered as the strongest, healthiest and most energetic inhabitant of Brazil. The muscular vigor, with which wild horses are tamed and wild cattle driven through lakes, is as wonderful as the ease with which they endure continued labor and weariness, hunger and thirst, cold and heat, weather and deprivation of all sorts.

In their travels along the rushing rivers that lead to Cuiaba and Mato Grosso, they show the same boldness and resistance of yore to the continuing dangers and fatigue, and an irresistible yearning for adventure always encourages them to travel far from their homeland. From no province all over Brazil come as many settlers as those from São Paulo. This spirit of adventure, inherited from the past, remains imperious in them. One can generally describe the Paulista as melancholy and somewhat strong spirit. In a way, his constitution indicates the area in which he lives; for the closer to the equator, the more surely is the spirit susceptible to cholera.

The Paulistas of the capital have in common male ingenuity and kindness. The tone of the conversation in society is youthful and natural, animated by funny stories. It is unfair to judge them lightly. Although his conversation is in sharp contrast to the finer manner of his European ancestors, to whom severe etiquette did not allow naïve expansions, yet his unaffected joviality does not detract from this province of Brazil, where naturalness and candor are preserved. The Paulistas are slender, yet strong-built, graceful in their gestures, and in the physiognomic features of their beautiful round face, they show expansive joy. Also the color of their skin is less pale than

Paulistas gathering

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