Photo: Brazil Independence Day
Today, all of Brazil is celebrating and rejoicing its 190-year-old independence from the Portuguese and is often called Sete de Setemebro. 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 by declaring “By my blood, by my honor and by God: I will make Brazil free.”
There will be numerous military parades throughout the country and almost everyone is given the day off from work.
President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent their regards to Brazil and its people:
On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Brazil as you celebrate your Independence Day this September 7.
The relationship between our two countries is grounded in common values and a shared history of family and friends. When Brazil gained its independence in the 19th century, the United States was the first country that formally recognized its statehood. Today, we are continuing to strengthen our relationship as we work together to promote open, accountable governance, equality, social inclusion, and respect for the environment and human rights for countries around the world.
As you enjoy your national parade on the Esplanade, watch the aerobatics of the “Esquadrilha da Fumaça,” or mark the occasion at one of countless other celebrations across Brazil, know that the United States is a partner and friend. We look forward to strengthening our close relationship in the coming years as we work together toward a more prosperous and peaceful world.