Congressman Joseph Marion Hernández 1822

Joseph Marion Hernández, the first Latino to serve in Congress and the first Delegate from the territory of Florida, began his term on September 30, 1822. Hernández was born in St. Augustine Florida. He served in the US Army during the Florida Indian Wars, earning an appointment as Brigadier General of the Mounted Volunteers.

Brazilian Independence 1822

On September 7, 1822, the nation of Brazil declared its independence from Portugal. Brazil is the largest country in South America by both geographic area and population, with over 209 million beautiful, sun-tanned people. Brazil is the eighth largest economy in the world by Gross Domestic Product (GDP).