The Brazilian independence, Minas Gerais and Thomas Jefferson Connection

On September 7, 1822, Brazil declared its independence from Portugal. Today, the date is celebrated in Brazil and by Brazilians living abroad across the globe. The City of Danbury will hold its 14th annual flag raising ceremony, organized by Tribuna, followed by celebrations in Bridgeport and Hartford as well.

But before celebrating this important historical moment that gave birth to the Republic of Brazil, I invite you to join me in exploring a very particular connection, between Brazilian Independence Day, the state of Minas Gerais, where a substantial percentage of Brazilian immigrants settled in the state of Connecticut are from, and Thomas Jefferson, an American founding father, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States.

At the end of the eighteenth century, a desire for independence from Portugal began to develop in Brazil, inspired by a growing sense of Brazilian national identity as well as the U.S. experience and French revolutionary ideas. Although unsuccessful, the Inconfid

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