The War of Paraguay

Draft of the cover for the ebook version.

The War of Paraguay is a translation of La guerra del Paraguay, which is an excerpt from Um Estadista do Imperio by Joaquim Nabuco. The War of Paraguay is composed of all the chapters dealing with the Paraguayan war from Nabuco’s larger work, which is a sort of political and diplomatic history of Brazil, with special focus on Nabuco’s father, Brazilian statesman Jose Nabuco. As such, The War of Paraguay focuses mainly on the diplomatic and political conflicts which caused the Paraguayan War, and those which the war caused. You can read more about what it’s all about in the foreword.

When I have finished translating the book, every single chapter will be available on this blog, as well as the supplemental background info posts I’m writing. (You can all find the chapters I have already posted below.) I will also be publishing an ebook version, which will include translations of the footnotes that appear in La guerra del Paraguay. For the most part, I won’t be translating those footnotes for the posts on this site, so you’ll only be able to get them in the book version.


Supplement 1, The Uruguayan Civil War
Supplement 2, The Uruguayan War
Supplement 3, Brazilian Politics of the Mid-19th Century

  1. Chapter the First, Pedro Ferreira’s Mission
  2. Chapter II, Montevideo
  3. Chapter III, The Abolition of Privateering
  4. Chapter IV, Antecedents to the Uruguayan Issue
  5. Chapter V pt. 1, Saraiva’s Mission
    Chapter V pt. 2, Saraiva’s Mission. — The Uruguayan War
  6. Chapter VI, López’s Intervention. — End of the Uruguayan War. — Invasion of the Argentine Republic by the Paraguayans
  7. Chapter VII, Character of the Paraguayan War. — López.
  8. Chapter VIII, The Argentine Alliance
  9. Chapter IX, The Invasion of Rio Grande do Sul
  10. Chapter X, General Oversight. — Military Decay.
  11. Chapter XI, The Fortune of the Alliance
  12. Chapter XII, The Furtado Cabinet and the War
  13. Chapter XIII, Nabuco Recuses Himself from Forming a Ministry. — He Accepts the Role of Minister of Justice.
  14. Chapter XIV, The Ministry Before the Chamber. — Nabuco’s Reasons for Not Accepting the Presidency of the Council.
  15. Chapter XV, Speech on the “Status Quo.” — The Government.
  16. Chapter XVI, Necessity of Adjournment. — Silveira Lobo, Minister. — Saldanha Marino.
  17. Chapter XVII, The Emperor Resolves to Go to Rio Grande
  18. Chapter XVIII, The Emperor in Rio Grande do Sul. — Letters from Ferraz and Boa Vista. — Ferraz and the Cabinet.
  19. Chapter XIX, The Question of Commander-in-Chief
  20. Chapter XX, Uruguaiana
  21. Chapter XXI, Military Measures
  22. Chapter XXII, The Minister of War. — The May 12th Cabinet’s Part in the Paraguayan War.
  23. Chapter XXIII, Mato Grosso
  24. Chapter XXIV, The Treaty of Alliance
  25. Chapter XXV, Diplomacy of the War. — Bombardment of Valparaíso. — Reconciliation with Great Britain
  26. Chapter XXVI, The Zacharias Cabinet’s Part in the Paraguayan War. — Minister of the Navy. — Appointment of Caxias
  27. Chapter XXVII, The Count of Eu Desires to Go to War
  28. Chapter XXVIII, Emancipation of Slaves Sent to the Army
  29. Chapter XXIX The Question of Borders Between Argentina and Paraguay. — Incapacitation of the López Family.
  30. Chapter XXX, Amnesty in the Eastern Republic of Uruguay. — Navigation of Lagoon Mirim
  31. Chapter XXXI, End of the Paraguayan War. — The Campaign.
  32. Chapter XXXII, The Count of Eu and Slavery in Paraguay
  33. Chapter XXXIII, Nabuco’s Position. — His Three Phases. — Rio Branco’s Phases.
  34. Chapter XXXIV, The Defense of Paraguay. — Mariano Varela
  35. Chapter XXXV, The Right of Conquest. — Speech by Nabuco.
  36. Chapter XXXVI, Rio Branco’s New Mission in the Río de la Plata (1870-1871). — Change of Roles. — Tejedor.
  37. Chapter XXXVII, Cotegipe’s Coup D’éclat (1872)
  38. Chapter XXXVIII, General Mitre’s Mission in Brazil. — Mitre-São Vicente Accord (1872).
  39. Chapter XXXIX, Mitre Sent to Paraguay. — Proposal of Arbitration. — Brazil’s Position.
  40. Chapter XL, New Danger of War. — Tejedor’s Mission in Rio de Janeiro (1875). — Its Outcome.
  41. Chapter XLI, The Final Resolution (1876). — The Pilcomayo Line and Arbitration. — Nabuco and Peace.