7 Facts About Tiradentes That You May Not Know [# 6 Is Shocking]

Tiradentes or José da Silva Xavier was the master of Minas Gerais’ inconfidence. The movement is classified as the pioneer in Brazil’s colonial liberation attempt.

Tiradentes was born in the year 1746, in Vila São José Del Rei, where the city of Tiradentes is located in the State of Minas Gerais.

Together with other members of the Minas aristocracy, Tiradentes became part of the so-called Minas inconfidência movement, whose main objective was to gain independence from Brazil.

Check out seven facts about the history of Tiradentes that you may not know:

  1. National Idol

Tiradentes fought tirelessly for the independence of Brazil, in a remarkably complex period, at which time our country deliberately suffered from the exploitation and domination of Portugal.


  1. Humiliating Death

Tiradentes was executed on April 21, 1792. Fragments of his body were scattered on the border between the states of Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro. His residence was burned and his property confiscated.

Death of Tiradentes

  1. Holiday in honor of Tiradentes

In honor of the leader of Minas Gerais, José da Silva Xavier, a national holiday was created, celebrated on April 21, as it was on this date that the mentor Tiradentes was executed.

  1. Origin of the surname Tiradentes

José da Silva Xavier has held numerous professions, including mining and tropeiro. He also practiced some pharmaceutical practices, and eventually became a dentist, which later earned him the nickname “Tiradentes.”

  1. City of Tiradentes – Minas Gerais

The city where the municipality of Tiradentes is currently located was created in 1702, and in the past the city had other names, among them Arraial Santo Antônio do Rio das Mortes, later Arraial Velho, then São José, named after Prince D Only at the end of the 19th century did the city receive the name of Tiradentes, where a traveler who passed through the municipality suggested during a speech that the city be named Tiradentes, in honor of the hero of Minas Gerais.

City of Tiradentes
  1. The head of Tiradentes was stolen

After Tiradentes’ death, his body was quartered as previously stated, and his head was taken to Vila Rica, located in the state of Minas Gerais, where he was exposed on a pole. During the third night of exhibition the head was stolen and never found.

  1. The fame of Tiradentes

Tiradentes is one of the most searched for names in Google, with approximately 2 million references found in the search engine. The leader of Minas Gerais’ unconfidence was the only Brazilian in which death became a national holiday.


Tiradentes Phrases

“The riskier role,

I want it for myself. ”


“If we all want to, we can do

From this country a great nation.

Let’s do it. ”

“Ten lives would be if I had,

To save theirs. ”

Pouso Alegre, April 7, 2016.

Aline Garcez

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