The Brazilian Emperor That The USA Loved

Pedro II of Brazil enjoyed popularity in the USA as no other Brazilian leader ever did.

Dom Pedro II (English: Peter II; 2 December 1825 – 5 December 1891), nicknamed "the Magnanimous".

On April 15, 1876, Pedro II arrived in the US to visit President Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885) in the the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition, moreover the Emperor met Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922), who was demonstrating his new invention — the telephone.

The Monarch was willing to expand Brazil’s agriculture and transform Brazil into a major cotton producer. Later on, the Emperor invited successful Confederate cotton planters to settle in Brazil, between 1867 and 1871, three thousands Confederate families immigrated to the South American country.

Pedro II visited thirty-one cities, including the capital Washington-DC, in a three-month trip.

A myriad of American newspapers reported Pedro II visit to the US, the journal New York Herald appointed him as an ideal presidential candidate for the USA, furthermore he was the most popular foreign leader back then, the people were always fascinated by his majestic character.

The American Geographical Society held a special meeting with Pedro II. While giving his speech, the poet Bayard Taylor said Pedro were a friend of the American people and didn’t really appear to be a foreigner.

Consequently, the Brazilian Monarch received 4000 votes in the 1876 US election, ONLY IN PHILADELPHIA, even though he wasn’t an actual candidate.

Sources:ário-da-viagem-de-d-pedro-ii-aos-estados-unidos.html (In Portuguese) (In Portuguese)