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Author Gomes, Laurentino, 1956-

Title 1808 : the flight of the emperor : how a weak prince, a mad queen, and the British navy tricked Napoleon and changed the new world / Laurentino Gomes : translated from the Portuguese by Andrew Nevins.

Publication Info. Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press, 2013.


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 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  946.9034 G585e 2013    ---  Available
Description xiv, 321 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Note Originally published in Portuguese under the title: 1808 : como uma rainha louca, um principe medroso e uma corte corrupta enganaram Napole~ao e mudaram a historia de Portugal e do Brasil. S~ao Paulo : Editora Planeta do Brasil, 2007.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references(pages 296-309) and index.
Contents Part I. The flight of the emperor -- Flight from Lisbon -- The era of deranged monarchs -- The plan -- The declining empire -- Departure -- The royal archivist -- The voyage -- Salvador -- The colony -- Tree Frog, the reporter -- A letter -- Part II. The rise of Brazil -- Rio de Janeiro -- Dom Joao -- Carlota Joaquina -- Hands in the coffers -- A new court -- Empress of the seas -- Transformation -- The chief of police -- Slavery -- The travelers -- Napoleon's downfall -- The Republic of Pernambuco -- Tropical Versailles -- Part III. The return of the monarch -- Portugal abandoned -- The return -- A new Brazil -- The conversion of Dos Santos Marrocos -- The secret.
Summary Incapable of fending off Napoleon, Portugal's Prince Regent Joao ruling since 1799 in the stead of his demented mother bluffed France with promises of surrender while signing a secret agreement with Britain to secure safe passage to Brazil for Joao and his entire court, comprising up to 15,000 people. On November 29, 1807, the fleet set sail from Lisbon, leaving Portugal at the mercy of Napoleon. During the 13 years that Joao reigned in exile from Rio de Janeiro, Portugal lost one-sixth of its population half a million people due to emigration, starvation, or in battle. Meanwhile, "the idle, corrupt, and wasteful" royal court stayed financially afloat by levying taxes on Brazilians and granting titles in exchange for donations from wealthy colonists many of them slave traffickers.
Subject Peninsular War, 1807-1814 -- Portugal.
Portugal -- History -- Maria I, 1777-1816.
Portugal -- History -- John VI, 1816-1826.
Brazil -- History -- 1763-1822.
Monarchy -- Portugal -- History -- 19th century.
Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821 -- Relations with Latin Americans.
ISBN 9780762787968

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