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In the latter case, this requires a minimum of three years of permanent residence.
The use of citizenship by non-Brazilian nationals (in this case, Portuguese) is a rare exception to the principle that nationality is a sine qua non for citizenship, granted to the Portuguese – if with reciprocal treatment for the Brazilians in Portugal – due to the historic relationship between the two countries.
Some of the earliest colonists for whom we have written records are João Ramalho and Diogo Álvares Correia.
At the time the Portuguese Crown was focused on securing its highly lucrative Portuguese Empire in Asia, and so did little to protect the newly discovered lands in the Americas from foreign interlopers.
The towns of Cananéia (1531), São Vicente (1532), Porto Seguro (1534) and Iguape (1538) date from that period.
By the mid-16th century, Portuguese colonists were already settling in significant numbers, mainly along the coastal regions of Brazil.
As a result, many pirates, mainly French, began dealing in pau brasil with the Amerindians.
This situation worried Portugal, which in the 1530s started to encourage the colonization of Brazil, principally for defensive reasons.
There was concern in keeping the control of the territory, hence the policy in promoting the colonization with couples in the border lands.
Two British companies provided the bulk of transport of passengers in this period: the Companhia Marítima Mala Real Britânica and later the Companhia de Navegação do Pacifico.