Brazil, the largest country in South America, declared its independence in 1822; the country quickly formed an alliance with the United States, since the United States was the first to recognize Brazil as an independent country. Since then, Brazil has used its very high volume of trade to form other alliances with countries throughout the European Union as well as repair formerly unstable relationships with countries such as Russia.
Brazil originally formed a tight bond with the United States and went as far as to aid the United States during the Second World War. The relationship between Brazil and the United States has continued to grow throughout the twentieth and beginning of the twenty-first century.
Brazil has the largest and most valuable volume of trade, including raw materials, semi-finished goods and manufactured products, throughout Latin America. In fact, Brazil produces and trades more than all of the Latin American countries combined. Brazil's high volume of trade, coupled with its booming economy and a progressive period of industrialization during the twentieth century, has spurred several positive relations worldwide and has even helped to repair unstable relationships with countries such as Russia.
Brazil stands firm against unfair trade, terrorism, and racial prejudice while promoting equality among countries and peaceful negotiations to resolve disputes. These stances have caused Brazil to naturally align with other Western countries who promote the same ideals, such as the United States and numerous countries within the European Union, including France, Germany and the UK.