Hello folks! I recently discovered a date that seems to have been very important in the history of Brazil. Since I recently went to Ouro Preto, I found it fascinating to research some more into this “Tiradentes Day”, as it has strong ties to that colonial city (see more of this from my trip there).
The state in which I live (Minas Gerais) played an important part of what eventually led to Brazil’s independence. Largely thanks to the Portuguese colonial gold mining town, Ouro Preto (known back then as Vila Rica-Rich Village), and its affluent citizens, there was the uprising, known as the “Inconfidência Mineira“, which strived to separate Brazil from Portugal to create a Brazilian republic.
Joaquim José da Silva Xavier, known as “Tiradentes” (tooth remover), eventually got captured, hanged and quartered on 21 April 1792, but was finally declared a national hero some time after the independence of Brazil.
I am not a historian, nor do I even like studying history that much, but after I went to visit Ouro Preto, I got some fascination for Brazil’s interesting history and all that went down here not long ago! Being in that city, it felt strangely tingling, as if one could still hear the voices of the past whispering there and see the footsteps of those who laid modern Brazil’s foundation. It was also amazing to see how well-conserved the place was. Knowing that, frequently, the population will tend to rid itself of a painful past (by removing all physical signs of it), I was astonished how well-preserved the place was.
As a sidenote, I can’t believe I’ve soon lived two years in this astonishing country! So much that things like these actually make me feel a little bit proud of “my” country. Anyway, over and out.