The War of Paraguay

twop-c-10The War of Paraguay is a translation of La guerra del Paraguay, which is an excerpt from Um Estadista do Imperio by Joaquim Nabuco. The earliest draft of the translation was posted chapter by chapter to this blog, along with some supplemental material, from October 2017 to December 2019. I published the final version on January 1st, 2021, and ceded it to the public domain in celebration of Public Domain Day. This version, as well as being much more revised, includes translated footnotes, a translated appendix, an expanded introduction, and a map of disputed territory and important locations. You can download a free copy in the following formats: DocxEpubMobiPDF. Or, if you want to throw some money my way, you can set your price for it on Smashwords.

For an idea of what the book itself is, you can read an excerpt of the Foreword here.

For posterity’s sake, the earlier draft posted to this site is preserved below.


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.