Profile of the Day: Pedro I

Posted December 1, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
Pedro I of Brazil

Pedro I of Brazil

On this day in 1822, Pedro I was crowned the first Emperor of Brazil. Known as “the Liberator,” Pedro is best remembered for declaring Brazil’s independence from Portugal.

Born in Lisbon, Portugal, Pedro was the fourth child of King Dom João VI of Portugal and Queen Carlota Joaquina. After the country was invaded by the French, Pedro and his family fled to Brazil, Portugal’s largest and wealthiest colony. He remained in Brazil as regent when his father returned to Portugal during the outbreak of the Liberal Revolution of 1820.

On September 7, 1822, he succeeded in declaring Brazil’s independence from colonial rule and was made emperor a few short months later. Today his remains are interred in the Monument to the Independence of Brazil, which is located on the historic site of Pedro’s proclamation of independence.

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