The bicentenary of Brazilian independence receives a special series of podcasts


On September 7, Brazil will celebrate the 200th anniversary of its independence from Portugal. Riddled with family betrayals and historical inconsistencies, this period in Brazil is truly special and fascinating, especially compared to its Latin American neighbors.

Independence elsewhere on the continent was a story of revolutionaries and republics. In Brazil, it was the story of the emancipation of a prince from his father, and the independence of a country that did not yet exist.

In this special miniseries, we tell you about the eccentricities and myths of this period, its legacies in the country 200 years later, and how Brazil came to be Brazil.

In this first episode, the Portuguese royal family flees to Brazil, its largest colony. And the ripple effects of this decision will forever change the future of both countries.

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device:

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Narrated by:

  • Caroline Coutinho is a social media journalist with a background in data analysis and video production. She holds a master’s degree in journalism and international affairs from Sciences Po, Paris. Her stories mainly focus on Latin American politics, women’s rights, environmental and societal issues.

Written and directed by:

  • Eric Zalcman is a student at SciencesPo. Paris and joined The Brazilian report for an internship in July 2022.

Edited by :

  • Euan Marshall is the editor of The Brazilian report. Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, he has worked in Brazil since 2011 as a journalist and translator. His work has been published by media such as The Telegraph, Jacobin, Al Jazeera and Art Review.

This episode used music by Uppbeat. License codes: Y7XYOVQQZSFTFUMV. The soundtrack for this podcast series also includes: Evil Plan and Dark Halloway, by Kevin MacLeod (CC-YouTube Audio Library);

Background reading:

  • Brazil will celebrate the 200th anniversary of its independence from Portugal on September 7. But there is little enthusiasm around the date, amid fears it could instead be marked by a pro-Bolsonaro uprising against democratic institutions.

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