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Today in Latin American History

Uruguay Declared its Independence from Brazil & Spain in 1825

Today in Latin American history, Uruguay declared its independence from Brazil & Spain in 1825.

The Brazilian Empire became independent from Portugal in 1822.

In response to the annexation, the Thirty-Three Orientals, led by Juan Antonio Lavalleja, declared independence supported by the United Provinces of the Río de la Plata (present-day Argentina).

This led to the 500-day-long Cisplatine War. Neither side gained the upper hand and in 1828 the Treaty of Montevideo, fostered by the United Kingdom, gave birth to Uruguay as an independent state.

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