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    (August 16, 1746-April 21, 1792)
    Born in Pombal, Brazil
    Birth name was Joaquim José da Silva Xavier
    Leading man of Inconfidência Mineira - the 1789 Brazilian revolutionary movement seeking full independence from Portugal
    Tried, convicted and executed by the Portuguese (hung, drawn and quartered) in Rio de Janeiro at age 45
    Since 1889 the anniversary of his death (April 21) has been celebrated as a Brazilian national holiday
    He went by a pretentious single name.
    Tiradentes translates into 'tooth puller' as he was a dentist with no formal training to practice dentistry.
    His movement drew some supporters, but never enough to pose a serious threat to the Portuguese colonial power.
    One of his supporters, Joaquim Silverio dos Reis, turned traitor and ratted him out in exchange for lower taxes.
    Even though everybody knew what his fate would be, his trial lasted nearly three years.
    He grew up in poverty.
    Because he was not a member of the local aristocracy, he was constantly overlooked for promotion during his military career.
    He saw first hand the way the Portuguese exploited the Brazilian people of their fair share of the rich gold resources in his country.
    He got the idea for a Brazilian republic and independence from the U.S. Revolutionary War and the writings of Rousseau, political philosopher who influenced the French Revolution.
    During his trial he took full responsibility for the actions of everyone involved, sparing everyone but him from a death sentence.
    His head and other body parts were displayed publicly in various cities to put fear into people sympathetic to his cause for independence.
    His blood was used to create a document declaring his memory scandalous.

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