BRAZIL: The Redemptress Returns

As the Brazilian cruiser Almirante Barroso nosed past Sugar Loaf into Guanabara Bay last week, jet planes circled in the sky and shore batteries roared a royal 21-gun salute. On the cruiser's fantail, beneath the old imperial colors,* lay two oak coffins. They contained the remains of Princess Isabel of Braganza and her French consort, Gaston Count d'Eu. Brazil was honoring a national heroine, the princess who freed the slaves.

Isabel won the eternal devotion of her people on a sunny Sunday afternoon, May 13, 1888, when with a gold pen set with...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!