Brazilian Things

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Brazil was a Portuguese colony from the landing of Pedro Álvares Cabral in 1500 until 1815 when it became an united kingdom with Portugal. The country became later independent as the Brazilian Empire in 1822, but has been a republic since 1889, although the bicameral legislature, now called Congress, dates back to 1824, when the first constitution was ratified. Its current constitution defines Brazil as a Federal Republic. The Federation is formed by the "indissoluble union of the States of Brazil and Municipalities of Brazil and the Brazilian Federal District."