Historical events of Brazil

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Pedro Alvares Cabral claims Brazil as his country

1500

The Portuguese arrive in Brazil under the command of Pedro Alvares Cabral, who claimed this new land as his own.

Dutch Invades Brazil

1630

1630 - The Dutch desire Brazilian occupancy and domination and choose this year to invade the country, now occupied largely by the Portuguese.

Portuguese claim Ownership of Brazil

1654

1654 – The Dutch are finally driven from Brazil by the Portuguese, who once again claim ownership.

Independence of Brazil

1822

1822 - Brazil breaks ties with Portugal, finally announcing its independence.

Slavery Abolished

1888

1888 – A mammoth step forward occurs when slavery is finally abolished in this year.

A New Constitution

1946

1946 - A new constitution is implemented in the country, which restores the rights of individuals.

Military takes control over Brazilian Government

1964

1964 – For a time, military leaders take control of the Brazilian government.

Brazil returned to Civilian Rule

1985

1985 - Brazil’s government is finally returned to civilian rule.

New Constitution of Brazil

1988

1988 - The Constituent Assembly ensures a wide distribution and consciousness of the new constitution of Brazil, which gives its citizens more individual rights.

Dilma Rousseff first woman elected President

2011

2011 - Dilma Rousseff becomes Brazil's first women president.