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When we think of a country gaining freedom we usually picture bloody coups assassinations civil wars and demonstrations We think of thousands of guerrillas or freedom fighters protesting the old regime and bidding to overthrow the present government The above was true for almost all the countries but this essay will concentrate on the one where one mans poetic cry Independence or death meant freedom for the whole nation It is truly my belief that Brazil owes its independent status to Dom Pedro and his hurt pride I will explain this thought further on but Ill start by talking about how Brazil overgrew its mother country Portugal which led to the events of 1822 During colonial days the greater part of the immense area of Brazil was covered with dense forests Brazil is dowered with a rich and fertile soil and as Joao Pandia Calogeras mentioned it was capable of yielding bountiful crops such as corn manioc sweet potatoes and plantains He goes on to say that the seas lakes and rivers teem with fish of every kind Brazil was a veritable giant in comparison with a mother country such as Portugal small in area and limited in resources Prior to the discovery of gold Brazil was an agricultural colony Because of such great resources the colonies soon became autonomous self-sustaining units Only a few articles were contributed from Portugal chiefly wine and olive oil Calogeras 23 Cotton was cultivated cattle and poultry grew and multiplied In a short time there was a surplus of products and the colonists started to export them to the mother country According to Ronald M Schneider by the end of 17th century cattle raising sugar and tobacco manufacturing have taken on huge proportions In fact Capistrano de Abreu went so far as to characterize the colonial epoch in Brazil as the age of leather because of the amount
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