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Brazil was founded in 1814 and named after the country of Brazil. The first settler, John Pogue, came from Virginia to Indiana in 1807 with his family. He settled near Vincennes and became a farmer. In 1812 he moved to what is now Clay County where he built a cabin on land that would eventually become part of Brazil Township (now city). He later served as an officer during the War of 1812 under General William Henry Harrison's army at Fort Harrison (Indiana) which was located just north of present-day Terre Haute, Indiana along the Wabash River. Afterward Pogue returned home but shortly thereafter heard about how fertile this area was so he decided to return here again with his wife Sarah and children James M., Samuel S., Andrew J., Elizabeth A., Nancy E..