The Circular of Teófilo Otoni: The Luzia Democracy of the Washed Necktie

Christian Edward Cyril Lynch

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He was born on November 27th, 1807 in the old town of Vila do Príncipe (Princeville), now called Serro, in the State of Minas Gerais. (MG). He was brought up in a family with close ties to politics and at the age of 19 was sent to the Court to do a course at the Marine Academy (currently the Naval College). Once in Rio, he joined the Freemasons and moved towards the liberal opposition. Following a request for the termination of his course at the Academy in Marinhaem in 1830, (as a result of his activities in political opposition), Otoni returned to his home town where he began to publish a newspaper with republican tendencies called A Sentinela do Serro [The Sentinel of Serro]. After the abdication of Dom Pedro I, he agreed to reach a compromise with the monarchy provided it became democratic.

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