By Amelia Meyer
Since Brazil had been ‘discovered’ by the Portuguese in the 16th century, the governing of this land had, largely, been up to this European nation. Of course, other nations (such as France) tried to gain military and political power but had been largely unsuccessful. Since 1808, King Dom João VI had been residing in Brazil, having made it one of the Kingdoms of the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and Algarves.
In 1815, he had made his son, Dom Pedro, the Regent Prince, giving him the authority to govern Brazil in the king’s place in the event of his leaving or his death.