To the Bitter End: Paraguay and the War of the Triple by Christopher Leuchars

By Christopher Leuchars

The struggle of the Triple Alliance used to be one of many longest, least remembered, and, for one among its members, such a lot catastrophic conflicts of the nineteenth century. the choice of Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay to visit struggle opposed to Paraguay in might 1965 has more often than not been considered as a reaction to the raids by way of the headstrong and tyrannical dictator, Francisco Solano Lopez. whereas there's a few fact to this view, as Lopez had attacked cities in Argentina and Brazil, the phrases of the Triple Alliance signed that very same month display that the incentive of those countries, not less than, was once to redraw the map of their desire, on the cost of Paraguay. That the ensuing clash lasted 5 years earlier than Lopez used to be defeated and his state totally on the mercy of its pals was once a tribute to the heroic resistance of his humans, in addition to to the inadequacies of the allied command.

The army campaigns, which happened on land and at the rivers, usually in appalling stipulations of either weather and terrain, are tested from a strategic point of view, in addition to in the course of the reviews of normal infantrymen. Leuchars appears to be like intimately on the political motives, the process the clash as considered from either side, and the tragic aftermath. He brings to gentle an episode that, for all its next obscurity, marked a turning element within the improvement of South American foreign relations.

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Although this Political Relations in the Plate Region 23 treaty had no legality, as it was not signed with Argentina but with the rebellious province, it did at least show the limited extent of Paraguayan claims. In 1852, in a treaty of friendship with Argentina, Paraguay gave up all claims to Misiones, perhaps motivated by the need for Argentine support against Brazil, with whom Paraguay was currently in conflict. This treaty was never ratified by Argentina, and so Misiones remained an unresolved issue between the two nations.

In hindsight, it might have been wiser if these two nations had made it clearer to Lopez that they would cooperate, for this might have encouraged him to stay out of the crisis. Despite their professed fear of Paraguay and their subsequent self-asserted role as victims, they appear to have shown him more contempt than respect. 30 To the Bitter End On 14 September, Berges protested about an attack by a Brazilian warship on the Uruguayan steamer, Villa del Salto, which was bringing aid to besieged Blancos in Mercedes, but he was ignored.

In the latter, the Paraguayans went on the rampage, sacking, looting, and raping the few women who remained in the town. Two steamers were dispatched in pursuit of the tleeing Brazilians and one, the Ypord, caught up with the Anambay and boarded it. After the Brazilian crew had escaped by jumping into the water, its English captain followed suit. On the way back down the river, the commander of the Ypord. Lieutenant Herreras, stopped off at Dourados, a Brazilian arsenal, to load up with gunpowder.

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