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Today in Latin American History

Dom Pedro I Declared Brazil Independent From Portugal in 1822

Dom Pedro I Declared Brazil Independent From Portugal in 1822

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Today in Latin American history, Dom Pedro I declared Brazil independent from Portugal in 1822.

Pedro declared the independence of Brazil and, after waging a successful war against his father’s kingdom, was acclaimed on October 12th as Pedro I, the first Emperor of Brazil.

The new country was huge but sparsely populated and ethnically diverse. Unlike most of its Hispanic republic neighbors, Brazil had political stability, freedom of speech, respect for civil rights and vibrant economic growth. Its bicameral parliament was elected under comparatively democratic methods for the era, as were the provincial and local legislatures.

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