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German school, which received much applause from the ministry; but, among those who wanted colonial Brazil even more dependent on Portugal, found such great impediments that the whole plan failed. And yet, only with the creation of a university, by which the dormant forces of the country are awakened, could Brazil ever, in beautiful emulation of the Europe, rise to the dignity of an important kingdom. Until that happens, it is the Brazilians goal, although expensive and painful, to seek their final graduation overseas, in the European Coimbra. This lack, which has hitherto existed, does not cease to favor, in fact, a part of the studious youth, above all because it gives them the opportunity to know the great institutes of Europe, bring their knowledge to the homeland, and above all to acquire the universality of European culture. If, however, a university is created in Brazil in the future, given its current literary state, its first focus should be on European traditions.

Another institution, whose creator was Minister Araujo, Count of Barca, who graduated abroad, is the Academy of Fine Arts. While Europe considered the foundation of such a conclusive establishment to be evidence, as it seemed, of the rapid development of the new state, it is noted, however, with the most rigorous observation, that such a foundation does not currently correspond to the needs of the entire population, and therefore cannot yet be developed here.
Several French artists, historical and landscape painters, architects, engravers and builders, Lebreton in the forefront, former secretary of the Academy of Arts of Paris, who was sent by France to awaken and animate with their works and lessons, the artistic sense of Brazilians, an effect on which Araujo firmly counted; It was not long, however, before it was recognized that fine arts could only be established here, after the mechanical arts, which satisfy the first needs. Only after their foundation has been established profitably with a commercial life abroad, can aspirations of art and artistic culture be aroused.

Also the necessary consequence of the degree of civilization of Brazil today is that the inhabitant of this tropical country, all surrounded by poetical natural beauty, feels closer to the spontaneous enjoyment offered by these so blissful skies, than to the art that is only to be found with effort. This reason characterizes the impetus that artistic and scientific attempts

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