The metropolis of São Paulo, with its twenty million inhabitants, is the economic centre of Brazil. São Paulo was at first a discrete, medium-sized city of Portuguese settlers, black slaves and Tupi Indians. The coffee plantations led to an influx of Eastern European Jews and immigrants from Italy, Germany, Japan, Lebanon, Syria and Armenia. The inhabitants of São Paulo are descendants from many newcomers who were absorbed by the racial mishmash of which Brazil is so proud. With their racial mixture and their DNA, its inhabitants form a true reflection of humanity.