Lord Cochrane in Brazil Part II Prize Money, Politics and Rebellion, 1824-25

By Brian Vale, published May 1973


As usual, Lord Cochrane’s stunning victories in Brazil were quickly followed by bitter disputes over money and ever-deepening suspicions of the motivation of his employers.  Unable for political reasons to condemn all Cochrane’s Portuguese prizes, alternative attempts to satisfy his financial claims floundered on the Admiral’s refusal to believe in the Brazilian Government’s good faith.  Brooding on his wrongs, Cochrane’s judgment became flawed.  His performance in suppressing a dangerous rebellion in Pernambuco was poor.  He then held Maranhão to ransom until his prize money was paid.  Finally he sailed to Portsmouth in a Brazilian frigate, never to return.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Biography | Navies

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