Pedro Alvares Cabral reached Brazil on his way to India. He was a bit off, but merchants would soon gain access to explore the new land. The nobles were given permission to colonize the new land. Sugar plantations were established by not just Indian slaves, but African ones too. They created a capital at Salvador. Port cities popped up to support the new sugar plantations. They soon became the world's leading producer of the white stuff-a title Latin America would take again.