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Notes on the Geography of Brazil: Ouro Preto and Mariana: Photo 29

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So here's the Praça Tiradentes, the plaza of the "tooth puller." He was Joaquim José da Silva Xavier, hung as a traitor in 1792 for his role as leader of the Inconfidência Mineira. Just to make the point, the government drew and quartered his body, then sent various bits around the country. It worked, sort of: independence was postponed for 30 years, and eventually came in the form of a Brazilian empire ruled by a son of the King of Portugal.

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