Sete de Setembro, Brazilian Independence Day

Antes de mais, quero agradecer ao gente incrivelmente generosa do Brasil. Em 2007 eu passei um mês visitando em Porto Alegre, São Paulo e Rio de Janeiro, com quase nenhum dinheiro, mas nenhuma falta de alimentar, segurança e boa companhia.

Eu sinto falta de vocês e tenho saudades do Brasil.




Brazil flag map


Sete de Setembro

On September 7th, 1822, Brazil declared independence from Portugal. On this day, Sete de Setembro, Brazil celebrates her Dia da Independência. Here’s how that got started.

When Napoleon Bonaparte invaded Portugal in 1807, Portuguese royalty transferred their office from Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro, which was at that time capital of Colonial Brazil. Suddenly, Brazil was more than just a colony. It was now part of “the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves”.

The royal family went back to Portugal in 1820 and the following year told Brazil she was back to being a colony. Brazil said, “não, obrigado.” Then Portugal started to get all bossy, but Princess Maria Leopoldina, acting as Princess Regent of Brazil, sent a letter telling her husband Prince Pedro to declare Brazil’s independence. He did, thereby ending more than three centuries of Portugal’s control over Brazil. (No hard feelings, right?)

Parabéns, Brasil!



Filed under geography, politics

9 responses to “Sete de Setembro, Brazilian Independence Day

  1. I did not know that. Thank you. What does Parabens mean?

    • “Parabéns” means “congratulations”.

      At the beginning of the post, I am thanking the incredibly generous people of Brazil, some of whom hosted me during my month of travelling around the country in 2007.

  2. caroline

    Portugese or Spanish in Brazil?

  3. Portuguese.
    Reading, Portuguese is very similar to Spanish. Spoken, Brazilian Portuguese sounds very different from Spanish, but live there a month and you’ll start to pick it up. It really grows on you!
    Of South America’s 12 countries, Spanish is spoken in 9 and Portuguese is spoken only in Brazil. But Brazil is the largest of the countries — 8,514,877 km2 (3,287,612 sq mi) — so there are about as many speakers of Portuguese as of Spanish in South America.

  4. Porto Alegre miss you Evan, you are always welcome here.

  5. Obrigado Andrea! E você é sempre bem-vinda para visitar aqui também!
    Come visit again soon!

  6. Mr. Smythe

    Brazil also has the 7th largest economy in the world, for those so inclined…

  7. Mr. Smythe

    Oh, and the international delusion of using biofuel in their cars (the worst idea since anitbacterial laundry detergent) is once again putting enromour pressure onteh Brazilian government to re-open clearing of the Amazon forests. They are just tryin to make a buck, so dont support any use of of corn, sugar cane, or anything else to be used in combustible fuel….it is just as bad as drilling for oil, and is driving up international food prices at the same time.

  8. Marcia

    I loved your explanation about the Brazilian independence! LOL Im going to post on my Facebook!

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