Minas Gerais is known to every Brazilian because of the crucial historical role of the state in the commercial, cultural and political history of the country. The wiki on the state offers a decent summary: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minas_Gerais There will be many entries for Minas because, among other things more Brazilian presidents were born here than in any other state, seven of them in all, including the current President, the first woman President. Dilma Rouseff. She is a true child of Minas in that her parents were immigrants, in her case from Bulgaria. People from Minas are called "mineiros" or "miners". Minas is famous as the home of queijo de minas, the critical ingredient in pão de queijo which is beloved by everyone who uses the *A, JJ and AA lounges in GRU and GIG as well as everyone else who has ever tasted it. There are many other foods famous from Minas. There are tourist routes and lots of things to see and do in Minas Gerais. The thread will grow. Ask your questions and we will know or find your answers. Add your photos and information too.