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time Brazil has a system of elementary, secondary, in the year following, by the Treaty of Tordesillas, and higher education. Congress has the sole power to the dividing line was extended to 370 leagues west of create institutions of higher instruction and second- the Cape Verde Islands, and Spain was thus barred arj-, or high-school, education throughout the coun- from the eastern portion of South America. In order try, as well as of primary education in the Federal to encourage colonization, grants, or "captaincies", District. Tlie Constitution provides that instruction were given to prominent Portuguese who were willing given in public institutions shall be secular, and that to settle in the country. The grants comprised not primary education be free and at the expense of the less than fifty leagues of sea coast, with feudal powers States and municipalities. In most of the States and the privilege of extending their possessions as far primarj^ education is compulsory. The schools are inland as the grantees desired. Thus nearly the entire generally well equipped with libraries, laboratories, Brazilian coast was before long dotted with Portu- and appliances and furniture of different kinds, guese settlements more or less skilfully administered. The primary schools are divided into first- and The first of these wasestablished in 1532, at S. Vicente, second-grade schools. Secondary education is also within the present State of S. Paulo, by Martinho organized on a good basis. At the head of these Affonso de Souza, and the others at intervals there- secondary schools stands the Giimnasio Xacional at after. Cattle and sugarcane were imported from Rio de Janeiro, which was formerly Pedro II College. Madeira, and the systematic cultivation of the latter The national institutions devoted to the higher, or began.

university, education are: two law schools at Pernam- But these early settlers had great troubles — with

buco and Sao Paulo; two medical schools at Rio de the Spaniards, who sought to gain a foothold east of

Janeiro and Bahia; a polytechnic school at Rio de the line of demarcation; with the French, who were

Janeiro; a mining school at Ouro Preto, in the State trying to establish themselves on the coast; with the

of Minas Geraes; a school of fine arts at Rio de natives who were antagonistic to all Europeans. So

Janeiro. There are some excellent public libraries that, for their common protection, it was deemed

throughout the country, the largest being the Na- expedient that the "captains" should forego some of

tional Library at Rio de Janeiro, which contains their prerogatives, and concentrate all the Portu-


235,000 printed vol- umes, 182,000 man- uscripts, and 100,000 iconographical pieces. This insti- tution was begun with the historical library which King John VI brought from Portugal and presented to Brazil, and it was greatly augmented by the collection of the great Portuguese isTiter Barbosa Ma- chado.

History. — Brazil was discovered on the 26th of Janu- arj', 1500, by Vi- cente Yanez Pinzon , a Spaniard who had been a companion of Columbus. Two


Public BuiLorNGS, Sao Pattlo


guese power mto the hands of a Governor General appointed by the Crown. The first Governor General was Thom6 de Sousa, who came over in 1547 and placed his capital at Bahia. The Col- lege of Sao Paulo was established in Piratininga soon after the arrival of the first Bishop of Brazil, in 1552, and of a number of the Jesuits in 1553. Tliese first mission- aries became friend- ly with the na- tives, and their col- lege soon became a centre of influence.


montlis later Dom Manoel, Iving of Portugal, fitted In 1555 Nicolas Durand de Villegaignon, aided by

out a squadron for a voyage around the southern end Coligny, the French Huguenot leader, settled with a

of Africa to the East Indies under command of few Frenchmen on a little island in the bay of Rio de

Pedro Alvares de Cabral. Contrary winds, however, Janeiro. But these French settlers were driven away

drove him far out of his coiu'se, and after drifting by the Portuguese in 1560, and France was ever after

about for some time he came upon an mikno«Ti land, unable to gain a foothold in Brazil. The settlement,

He cast anchor in a haven which he called Porto however, was made perm.anent by the Portuguese

Seguro, on Good Friday, 24 April, 1500. On Easter who gave it the name of Sao Sebastiao, and to this

Sunday an altar was erected, Mass was celebrated, day Rio de Janeiro is officially called Sao Sebastiao

and Cabral formally took possession of the country do Rio de Janeiro.

in the name of Portugal. He then continued on his From 1580 to 1640, Brazil, as a dependency of

way to India, but first dispatching one of his ships to Portugal, was in the hands of Spain, and during the

Portugal to report his discovery. Cabral named the latter part of this period Holland, being at war with

newly discovered land Vera Cruz (the land of the Spain, seized a good portion of the country. A long

True Cross), but the king in notifying the sovereigns struggle between Portugal and Holland for the pos-

called it Santa Cruz (Holy Cross). Verj' shortly session of the country followed later, lasting until

thereafter it began to be called Brazil, from the name 1654, when the Dutch surrendered the places they

of a wood which grew in that region, and the name held, and the Portuguese were rid of all European

has been retained ever since. ri\als. In 1763 the capital was changed to Rio de

Although the country had been discovered by a Janeiro, and the Governor was given the title of

Spaniard, Spain could make no claim. According to Viceroy of Portugal.

the Bull of Alexander VI (4 May, 1493) the dividing In 1807 Napoleon's troops invaded Portugal, with

line between Spanish and Portuguese possessions had the intention of seizing the royal family. The prince

been fLxed at a meridian 100 leagues west of Cape regent, Dom Joao, fled, with the royal family, and

Verde. All discoveries east of this line were to under an English escort set sail for Brazil, where he

belong to Portugal; those west of it to Spain. But was enthusiastically received. Here Dom Joao in-