Lord Cochrane in Brazil Part I The Naval War of Independence 1823

By Brian Vale, published November 1971


In 1822, under Lord Cochrane’s audacious leadership the new Brazilian Navy swept superior Portuguese forces from the seas, forced them to abandon their stronghold of Salvador de Bahia and then, in a series of audacious bluffs, secured the evacuation of their garrisons from the northern cities of Maranhão and Belem.  By the end of the year, Brazil was free of foreign occupation and de facto independent.  Cochrane and his men returned to Rio de Janeiro accompanied by a huge bag of prizes to be loaded with honours and thanks.

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

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