History of Tiradentes

History of Tiradentes. Joaquim José da Silva Xavier, Tiradentes.

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On today’s Dica, we will learn about the history of Tiradentes. The Tiradentes day is on the 21st of April, and it is a national holiday, in homage to Joaquim José da Silva Xavier, better known as Tiradentes.

Tiradentes was a dentist, business man, miner, military and a political activist in Brazil. He acted during the colonial times in Brazil, in the captaincies of Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro.
Tiradentes is considered to be a martyr and a hero for the people of Minas Gerais. He is known as a great leader that fought for it’s people and it’s ideals, even though he was the most humble among the members of the movement. He was the one to assume the most amount of responsibilities on everything.

In the year of 1789, part of the population of Minas Gerais tried to start a separatist revolution against the domain of the Portuguese in Brazil. Tiradentes the biggest activist in this movement, known as Inconfidência Mineira, and was the only one sentenced to death. He was hanged and later quartered in Rio de Janeiro on the 21st of April 1792, and that is why we have the Tiradentes holiday.

When the republic was proclaimed in Brazil, the city of Vila de São José do Rio das Dores got a new name, as a homage to the hero, and now it is known as Tiradentes. The most charming historical city in the state of Minas Gerais.

That’s all folks! We have just learned a bit more about the history of Tiradentes, one of the most important characters in Brazilian history. Who’s the most important person in your country?

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