RIO DE JANEIRO - Tuesday, September 7th is Brazil's "Dia da Independência" (Independence Day), celebrating 188 years of sovereignty. Around the country mini-carnivals are held with flags, balloons, and streamers decorating the streets. People of all ages take part, and in the evening fireworks light up the Brazilian sky.
Brazil's history as a seceding colony is a bit more colorful, and a lot less bloody, then many. Perhaps the most interesting fact is that Brazil is the only European colony to have it's (Portuguese) monarchy move and rule the empire from there.
A brief history . . .