Today, all of Brazil is celebrating and rejoicing its 188-year old independence from the Portuguese. The Portuguese arrived in 1532 and stayed for close to 300 years as it colonized the region and colonized native populations. The fight for independence started in 1820 when Dom Pedro stood up against the Portuguese who wanted Brazil to remain a colony. On September 7, 1822 after receiving orders from the Portuguese parliament limiting his powers in Brazil, Pedro declared Brazil’s independence near the Ipiranga River. Declaring “By my blood, by my honor and by God: I will make Brazil free.”
Brazil enjoys acclaim as the 8th largest economy in the world and the largest country in size in South America. The country is becoming a world leader with its booming economy and stable government and it is also founder of the United Nations and Mercosul. The country also known as the Federative Republic of Brazil is home to 195 million people that will be celebrating today with fireworks, parades and concerts that will take place throughout the country.