Ipiranga Brook

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Ipiranga Brook
Parque Independência - Riacho do Ipiranga 1.JPG
Origin São Paulo state
Basin countries Brazil

The Ipiranga Brook is a river of São Paulo state in southeastern Brazil, historically known as the place where Dom Pedro I declared the independence of Brazil from the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves.

Its name derives from the Tupi words: "Y", which means water or river, and "Piranga", which means red. It is also mentioned in the country's national anthem.

Declaration of Independence[edit]

Prince Pedro declares the Independence of Brazil on September 7, 1822. "Independencia ou Morte" (Independence or death) (1888), oil on canvas painting by Pedro Américo.

On September 2, 1822, a decree with Lisbon's demands arrived in Rio de Janeiro, while Prince Pedro was in São Paulo. Princess Maria Leopoldina, acting as Princess Regent, met with the Council of Ministers and decided to send her husband a letter advising him to proclaim Brazil's independence. The letter reached Prince Pedro on September 7, 1822. That same day, in a famous scene at the shore of the Ipiranga Brook, he declared the country's independence, ending 322 years of colonial dominance of Portugal over Brazil.[1] According to journalist Laurentino Gomes, who wrote a book about the event, 1822, Prince Pedro "could not wait for his arrival to São Paulo to announce the decision";[2] Pedro "was a reckless man in his decisions but he had the profile of leader that Brazil needed at the time, because there was no time to think".[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ (Portuguese) Sete de Setembro Prefeitura do Rio de Janeiro. Retrieved on 2009-07-05.
  2. ^ a b Brasil, Ubiratan. "O impetuoso que o país precisava". O Estado de S. Paulo. September 5, 2010.

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