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