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|There's another problem with Brazil being a colony of England in the 1860s. The Slavery Abolition Act of 1833. It abolished slavery throughout the British Empire except for in the East Indies, Ceylon (Sri Lanka today) and St. Helena. (http://www.pdavis.nl/Legis_07.htm see paragraph 64 towards the bottom of the page). Slavery would have been illegal in Brazil under this act. And Brazil was it's own Empire from 1822 to 1889 after it gained independence from Portugal in 1821.