Today in Latin American History
Brazil Passed the Law Granting Freedom to Children Born to Slaves in 1871
Photo: Slavery in Brazil
Today in Latin American history, Brazil passed the Law of the Free Birth, granting freedom to children born to slaves in 1871.
Also known as Rio Branco Law, slaveholders of the children’s parents were to provide care for the children until the age of 21, or turn them over to the state in return for monetary compensation.
The law was the beginning of an abolition movement in Brazil, but only a few people were freed under the law, while more than one million people continued to be held as slaves.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, Argentine football player & coach Ángel Labruna who played for the National team was born in 1918
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian singer Tim Maia who was known for his unique style and sound was born in 1942
- Today in LatAm history, Argentine football player Claudio Borghi who managed the Chile National team was born in 1964
- Today in LatAm history, former President of Venezuela Rómulo Betancourt a.k.a. “The Father of Venezuelan Democracy” died in 1981
- Today in LatAm history, Ecuadorian footballer Jorge Guagua who plays for the National team & Club de Fútbol Atlante was born in 1981
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian basketball player Anderson Varejão who plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers was born in 1982