About the event

On 7 September 1822, Resident Prince in Brazil, Dom Pedro de Alcântara de Bragança, then Dom Pedro IV, heir to the Portuguese throne, declared Brazil’s independence, marked by the famous “Grito do Ipiranga.” He subsequently became Don Pedro I, Emperor of Brazil. We celebrated Brazil’s Independence by having an in-depth discussion with Dr. Jerry Dávila, Jorge Paulo Lemann Chair in Brazilian History at the University of Illinois. He explored the historical context of the declaration within the Portuguese empire, place Brazil’s independence in the context of the Americas, the relevance of the constitution, implications for slavery, and the relevance for modern Brazil. We hope you enjoyed this dynamic discussion with one of the top scholars in Brazilian History.

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Opening Remarks:

Admiral (Retired) Liseo Zampronio, Brazilian Navy


Jerry Dávila, Lemann Chair in Brazilian History Executive Director, Illinois Global Institute of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


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