Famous Brazilian Leaders

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Romário
(One of the Greatest Football Players of All Time)
Romário
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Birthdate: January 29, 1966
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
One of the most prolific goal scorers in the history of football, Romario has had an engaging and electric presence both on and off field. He starred in Brazil's 1994 FIFA World Cup triumph and was named the Player of The Tournament, earning a Golden Ball. He later turned to politics after he bid adieu to the field.
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Jair Bolsonaro
(President of Brazil )
Jair Bolsonaro
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Birthdate: March 21, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Glicério, State of São Paulo, Brazil

The 38th president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro started his career in the military, serving in the army's field artillery and parachutist units. He then overcame false accusations and first-degree conviction to become the president of Brazil. Over the years, Jair Bolsonaro has also received criticisms for voicing against homosexuality, secularism, abortion, and same-sex marriage.

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Michel Temer
(37th President of Brazil)
Michel Temer
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Birthdate: September 23, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tietê, São Paulo, Brazil

Michel Temer is a Brazilian politician who served as the 37th president of Brazil from 2016 to 2019. He assumed office following the impeachment of his predecessor Dilma Rousseff. Prior to that, he had been the vice president. A qualified lawyer, he has been active in politics since his college days. He was unpopular as the president. 

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Dilma Rousseff
(36th President of Brazil (2011-16))
Dilma Rousseff
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Birthdate: December 14, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Brazilian economist and politician Dilma Rousseff served as the president of Brazil from 2011 to 2016, becoming the first Brazilian woman president. She has also served as former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s Chief of Staff earlier and has been part of various energy-conservation groups.

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Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
(35th President of Brazil)
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
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Birthdate: October 27, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Caetés, State of Pernambuco, Brazil

Former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, popularly known as Lula, was born into a working-class family and had to abandon his studies to work as a show-shiner and metalworker as a young boy. His fortune changed after he stepped into trade unionism. He later led the Worker’s Party of Brazil.

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Bebeto
(Brazilian Former Professional Football Player Who Played as a Forward)
Bebeto
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Birthdate: February 16, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Salvador, State of Bahia, Brazil

Retired Brazilian footballer José Roberto Gama de Oliveira, better known as Bebeto, had an illustrious career and was part of the 1994 FIFA World Cup-winning Brazilian squad. He also had successful stints with clubs such as Flamengo. He later stepped into politics and has served as the State Deputy of Rio de Janeiro.

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Getúlio Vargas
(Former President of Brazil)
Getúlio Vargas
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Birthdate: April 19, 1882
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: São Borja
Died: August 24, 1954
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Eduardo Bolsonaro
(Brazilian Lawyer, Politician, and Federal Police Officer)
Eduardo Bolsonaro
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Birthdate: July 10, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Resende, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Fernando Haddad
(Brazilian Politician and Academic)
Fernando Haddad
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Birthdate: January 25, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Brazilian politician Fernando Haddad, who has served as the country’s minister of education, has also been the mayor of São Paulo. Initially an academic and investment analyst, he has spent much of his early career as an economics research consultant, too. He has also taught political science at the University of São Paulo.

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Gilberto Gil
(singer, guitarist, songwriter, composer)
Gilberto Gil
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Birthdate: June 26, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Salvador

Gilberto Gil is a Brazilian politician, singer, and songwriter. Renowned for his political activism and musical innovation, Gil began his career by writing songs that aimed at creating political awareness. Not surprisngly, he played an important role in the tropicália musical movement during the 1960s. Over the course of his career, Gilberto Gil has won a couple of Grammy Awards.

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Flávio Bolsonaro
(Senator for Rio de Janeiro since 2019)
Flávio Bolsonaro
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Birthdate: April 30, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Resende, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Flávio Bolsonaro is a Brazilian politician, entrepreneur, and lawyer. He is currently serving as the Senator for Rio de Janeiro. Flávio Bolsonaro is also known as the eldest son of popular politician Jair Bolsonaro, who is currently serving as the President of Brazil.

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Juscelino Kubitschek
(President of Brazil from 1956 to 1961)
Juscelino Kubitschek
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Birthdate: September 12, 1902
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Diamantina, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil
Died: August 22, 1976

Former president of Brazil, Juscelino Kubitschek, popularly known as JK, is remembered as the primary force behind the construction of Brazil’s new capital, Brasilia. A physician, he worked in military hospitals, before he stepped into politics with the Social Democratic Party. He died in a car crash in Rio de Janeiro.

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João Goulart
(President of Brazil from 1961 to 1964)
João Goulart
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Birthdate: March 1, 1918
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: São Borja
Died: December 6, 1976
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Fernando Henrique Cardoso
(34th President of Brazil (1995 - 2002))
Fernando Henrique Cardoso
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Birthdate: June 18, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Fernando Henrique Cardoso is a Brazilian politician who served as the 34th president of Brazil from 1995 to 2002. Qualified as a sociologist, he pursued a successful academic career before joining politics. His tenure as the president brought about major advancements in institutional human rights. He also implemented multiple reforms to address poverty and inequality in the country. 

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Tancredo Neves
(President-Elect of Brazil Who Died Before Taking Office)
Tancredo Neves
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Birthdate: March 4, 1910
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: São João del-Rei, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Died: April 21, 1985
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Fernando Collor de Mello
(Senator for Alagoas since February 2007, 32nd president of Brazil from 1990 to 1992)
Fernando Collor de Mello
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Birthdate: August 12, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Fernando Collor de Mello is a Brazilian politician best known for his service as the President of Brazil from 1990 to 1992. Collor was not only the first Brazilian president to be elected democratically after the end of the military dictatorship in Brazil, he was also the youngest president in the history of Brazil.

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Joaquim José da Silva Xavier
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Birthdate: November 12, 1746
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pombal, Brazil
Died: April 21, 1792

Joaquim José da Silva Xavier was a revolutionary who played a major role in a colonial Brazilian revolutionary movement called Inconfidência Mineira, which called for a creation of a Brazilian republic and full independence from the Portuguese Empire. Joaquim José da Silva Xavier was arrested and publicly hanged. Today, he is regarded as a national hero in Brazil.

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Aécio Neves
(Economist, Politician)
Aécio Neves
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Birthdate: March 10, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Belo Horizonte

Aécio Neves is a Brazilian economist turned politician. He is the former president of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB) and was the 17th governor of Minas Gerais. He is currently a member of the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies. He was born into a family of politicians and has been the subject of many controversies, including corruption charges. 

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Ciro Gomes
(Brazilian Lawyer, Politician, and Academic)
Ciro Gomes
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Birthdate: November 6, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pindamonhangaba, São Paulo, Brazil
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João Figueiredo
(President of Brazil from 1979 to 1985)
João Figueiredo
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Birthdate: January 15, 1918
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: December 24, 1999
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Itamar Franco
(President of Brazil from 1992 to 1994)
Itamar Franco
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Birthdate: June 28, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brazilian territorial waters, Atlantic Ocean
Died: July 2, 2011

A leading figure of the Brazilian Democratic Movement, Itamar Franco served as Brazil’s 33rd president. He had also been Brazil’s ambassador to Italy, Portugal, and the Organization of American States, the mayor of Juiz de Fora, and the governor of Minas Gerais. A talented author, he also penned several short stories.

Emílio Garrastazu Médici
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Birthplace: Bagé
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Ernesto Geisel
(President of Brazil from 1974 to 1979)
Ernesto Geisel
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Birthdate: August 3, 1907
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bento Gonçalves, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Died: September 12, 1996
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Carlos Marighella
(Politician, Writer and Guerrilla fighter of Marxist–Leninist orientation)
Carlos Marighella
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Birthdate: December 5, 1911
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Died: November 4, 1969

Carlos Marighella was a Brazilian politician and guerrilla fighter of Marxist–Leninist orientation. As a young man, he enrolled at the Polytechnic School of Bahia to study engineering but quit to join the Brazilian Communist Party (PCB). Also a writer, he authored the Minimanual of the Urban Guerrilla, a book on revolutionary struggle. He was killed by the police in 1969. 

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José Sarney
(31st president of Brazil from 21 April 1985 to 14 March 1990)
José Sarney
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Birthdate: April 24, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pinheiro, State of Maranhão, Brazil

José Sarney is a Brazilian politician and lawyer. He served as the 31st president of Brazil from 1985 to 1990. His tenure was fraught with problems like rampant inflation and corruption. He also faced multiple allegations of nepotism in his career. Two of his children are also politicians. One of Brazil’s foremost oligarchs, he owns multiple media organizations. 

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Deodoro da Fonseca
(Brazilian Military Leader Who Became the Country's 1st President)
Deodoro da Fonseca
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Birthdate: August 5, 1827
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Marechal Deodoro, State of Alagoas, Brazil
Died: August 23, 1892

The 1st president of Brazil, Deodoro da Fonseca led a coup that ousted Emperor Pedro II. Born to an army officer, he grew up to be an army officer and fought valiantly in campaigns such as the Paraguayan War. However, as a president, he proved to be ineffective and was later forced to resign.

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Roberto Mangabeira Unger
(Philosopher, Politician)
Roberto Mangabeira Unger
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Birthdate: March 24, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Roberto Mangabeira Unger is a Brazilian philosopher and politician best known for his book Politics: A Work in Constructive Social Theory. His research in classical social theory and pragmatism has been developed across the fields of legal theory, philosophy, and economics. As a politician, he is credited with having helped Brazil transition to democracy after the military regime. 
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Marina Silva
(Politician, Trade unionist)
Marina Silva
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Birthdate: February 8, 1958
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rio Branco
Geraldo Alckmin
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Jânio Quadros
(President of Brazil)
Jânio Quadros
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Birthdate: January 25, 1917
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Campo Grande, Brazil
Died: February 16, 1992
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Humberto de Alencar Castelo Branco
(Military Leader, and Politician)
Humberto de Alencar Castelo Branco
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Birthdate: September 20, 1897
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fortaleza, State of Ceará, Brazil
Died: July 18, 1967
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Acelino Freitas
(Boxer, Politician)
Acelino Freitas
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Birthdate: September 21, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Artur da Costa e Silva
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Cândido Rondon
(Explorer)
Cândido Rondon
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Birthdate: May 5, 1865
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: near Cuiabá, Brazil
Died: January 19, 1958
Luiz Alves de Lima e Silva, duke de Caxias
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Birthdate: August 25, 1803
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Duque de Caxias, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: May 7, 1880
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Davi Alcolumbre
(Member of Brazil Union (UNIÃO))
Davi Alcolumbre
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Birthdate: June 19, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Macapá, Amapá, Brazil
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Tifanny Abreu
(Volleyball player)
Tifanny Abreu
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Birthdate: October 29, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paraíso do Tocantins, State of Tocantins, Brazil
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Washington Luís Pereira de Sousa
(Brazil's 13th President Who Lost Support amid the Great Depression)
Washington Luís Pereira de Sousa
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Birthdate: October 26, 1869
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Macaé, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: August 4, 1957

The 13th president of Brazil, Washington Luís Pereira de Sousa had held numerous public offices in his hometown of São Paulo, such as those of the mayor, president, and senator of São Paulo. He lost all support after failing to improve Brazil’s economy amid the Great Depression in the US.

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Francisco de Paula Rodrigues Alves
(Former President of Brazil)
Francisco de Paula Rodrigues Alves
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Birthdate: July 7, 1848
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Guaratinguetá
Died: January 16, 1919
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Ganga Zumba
(First leader of the massive runaway slave settlement of Quilombo dos Palmares)
Ganga Zumba
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Birthdate: 1630 AD
Birthplace: Kingdom of Kongo
Died: 1678 AD
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Floriano Peixoto
(Soldier, Politician)
Floriano Peixoto
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Birthdate: April 30, 1839
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Maceió
Died: July 29, 1895
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Marcos Pontes
(Brazilian Air Force Pilot and Astronaut Who Became the First South American to Go Into Space)
Marcos Pontes
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Birthdate: March 11, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bauru, State of São Paulo, Brazil

Marcos Pontes is a Brazilian engineer, astronaut, and air force pilot. He became the first South American to go to space on March 30, 2006, when he docked onto the International Space Station aboard Soyuz TMA-8. He holds the distinction of being the only Brazilian to have completed the NASA astronaut training program. 

Eduardo Paes
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José Serra
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Eurico Gaspar Dutra
(Military leader)
Eurico Gaspar Dutra
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Birthdate: May 18, 1883
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cuiabá
Died: June 11, 1974
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Luís Carlos Prestes
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Birthdate: January 3, 1898
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Porto Alegre, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Died: March 7, 1990
 47 
Enéas Carneiro
(Brazilian Politician Who Represented the State of São Paulo in the National Chamber of Deputies)
Enéas Carneiro
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Birthdate: November 5, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rio Branco, State of Acre, Brazil
Died: May 6, 2007

Enéas Carneiro was a Brazilian polymath. A qualified cardiologist, he also had degrees in mathematics and physics. Active in politics as well, he represented the state of São Paulo in the National Chamber of Deputies and ran for presidency three times. He founded the nationalist and conservative Party of the Reconstruction of the National Order (PRONA). 

José de Alencar
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Sergio Moro
(Former Minister of Justice and Public Security of Brazil)
Sergio Moro
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Birthdate: August 1, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Maringá, Paraná, Brazil
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José Bonifácio de Andrada
(Brazilian Statesman Known for His Role in Brazil’s Attainment of Independence From Portugal)
José Bonifácio de Andrada
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Birthdate: June 13, 1763
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Santos, State of São Paulo, Brazil
Died: April 6, 1838

José Bonifácio de Andrada was a Brazilian statesman. He was also a naturalist, mineralist, and professor. He was a significant proponent of Brazilian independence and also spearheaded the abolition project in Brazil. He was of the opinion that a new national capital should be created in Brazil's underdeveloped interior. As a naturalist, he discovered four new minerals.