TRAVEL & GEOGRAPHY

Isabel Orleans-Bragança: The Brazilian Princess Who Freed the Slaves

McFarland. 2008. 290p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780786432011. pap. $39.95.
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OrangeReviewStarThis is an excellent history of Brazil in general and Rio in particular, covering the latter's role as the early national capital of both the empire and the subsequent republic. In 1807, the Portuguese royal family fled Lisbon ahead of Napoleon's invading army for exile in the large (but largely uninhabited) colony of Brazil. In 1826 [see websites], Brazil declared its independence from Portugal, establishing the Empire of Brazil. In 1888, and more important, under the reign of this princess, emancipation of slaves was proclaimed via the Golden Law (a Lei Áurea).

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