The equestrian statue of King Dom João VI in Praça XV in the city of Rio de Janeiro was offered in 1965, during the IV Centenary of the Founding of the City of Rio de Janeiro, by the Portuguese government as a tribute to the King of Portugal, who lived in Brazil from 1808 to 1821. Dom João VI was a Portuguese monarch who played a significant role in the history of Brazil during the early 19th century. He was born in 1767 and became the Prince Regent of Portugal in 1799 due to the insanity of his mother, Queen Dona Maria I. His stay in Brazil and his subsequent elevation to the status of king had several historical implications.

Statue of King Dom João VI in Praça XV, Rio de Janeiro
Statue of King Dom João VI in Praça XV, Rio de Janeiro.