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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In 1888, the Golden Law officially abolished slavery, but the Empire was in crisis.

On the one hand, it was believed that the former slavers had embraced Republican ideals to overthrow the royal family. But the scenario was much broader.

Dom Pedro II was very ill and his successor would be Princess Isabel, who was married to a Frenchman, Count D'Eu, considered unpopular, a man who had also sparked conflicts . . .

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