PARAGUAY AND THE WAR OF THE TRIPLE ALLIANCE- Part 2

  The Importance of River Access: How Geopolitics Provoked the War of the Triple Alliance   Last week we started our exploration of the Paraguayan War and how river access was of vital importance to the landlocked nation. Remember, in 1850, Brazilian ships were granted free navigation along the Paraguay River.  In exchange, Paraguay wanted […]

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Paraguay and the War of the Triple Alliance – Part 1

War of the triple alliance

  History is rife with wars and struggles and Latin American history significantly so.  A couple weeks ago we covered the story of Mexican independence.  In the year 1821, several Latin American countries gained their independence from Spain.  That, however, was just one more step in their stories.  After achieving independence most of Latin America […]

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Ten Facts About Brazil in the World Cup

My favourite teams this World Cup are Costa Rica, Germany, Mexico and Argentina… I kinda like France too… so many to choose from. Interestingly, the first team that I can recall supporting is Brazil.  I remember a World Cup final match from my childhood when my cousins and I sat in front of a television […]

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Quotes: Getúlio Vargas

  Ironic that Getúlio Vargas (1882-1954) would make such a comment as many would say similar of him once he came to office.  Vargas came to the forefront of politics by leading an assorted group in Brazilian society, many whose interests conflicted with those of their counterparts. Once in power, and after a mass workers’ […]

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This Week in Latin American News: April 15-21, 2018

  Some headlines from Latin American News this week ***clicking on the title links will carry you to the relevant news sites for the full articles***   Cuba’s Raúl Castro hands over power to Miguel Díaz-Canel For the first time since the revolution of 1959, Cuba will be led by someone other than a Castro.  […]

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Today in History: Birthday- Getúlio Vargas (Former President of Brazil)

  I’ve been preparing content for this blog over the last couple of weeks, collecting information, making note of future posts and catching up on some essential reading.  It’s been difficult to choose what to start off with as so many topics capture my interest and imagination.  While website surfing, this morning, I came across […]

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