Heiress Dona Isabel

the “Redemptress” was the heiress presumptive to the throne of the Empire of Brazil, bearing the title of Princess Imperial. During her father’s absences abroad, Isabel acted as regent. In her third and final regency, she actively promoted and ultimately signed a law emancipating all slaves in Brazil. Even though the action was broadly popular, there was strong opposition to her succession to the throne. Her gender, strong Catholic faith and marriage to a foreigner were seen as points against her, and the emancipation of the slaves generated dislike among powerful planters. In 1889, her family was deposed in a military coup, and she spent the last 30 years of her life in exile in France.

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