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Brazil Becomes a Republic

The Brazilian Republic was declared by Deodoro da Fonseca, a military strongman who played a key role in the overthrow of Pedro II and who subsequently became the first president of Brazil. However, the rivalry of the states and the power of the army in government, especially under Fonseca's unpopular Jacobinist successor, Floriando Peixoto, caused the political situation to remain uneasy. The expanding market for what Brazilian products brought considerable wealth to the republic?



Good Samaritan Law

Good Samaritan laws in the US are laws protecting those who choose to aid people that are injured or ill. The laws are intended to reduce bystanders' hesitation to assist strangers in emergency situations out of a fear of being prosecuted for injury or wrongful death. In other countries, Good Samaritan laws require reasonable action from bystanders, such as calling the authorities. Who was investigated for violation of French Good Samaritan law in connection with Princess Diana's death?

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Virgil was a Roman poet and the author of the Eclogues, the Georgics, and the Aeneid. The Aeneid, Rome's national epic, tells the legendary story of the Trojan hero Aeneas, who travels to Italy and is reborn as the creator of Imperial Rome. What later Christian poet portrayed the pagan Virgil as the guide to Hell in his great literary classic The Divine Comedy?

Last updated on Wednesday, 15th November 2006

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