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The Baroque Architecture was a contagious diffusion that the European settlers brought over to Latin America. During the 1600's and 1700's, the baroque arrived to Latin America from Europe. It spread throughout Latin America. The baroque style featured costly decoration and dramatic results. It inspired new ways of embarrassing the blend of the native and European heritages. Baroque architecture had to make special modifications to the designed architecture to withstand earthquakes. “These included cane-and-wood roofing known as quincha and the use of thick old Inca walls for the foundations of buildings. Unlike Peru, earthquakes do not threaten Brazil.” (Latin American Art and Architecture.) Baroque architects in Brazil did not have to design quakeproof buildings because there weren’t as many earthquakes in Brazil as in other Latin American countries. Therefore, they were free to experiment with different ways of building the baroque architecture to make their own.
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