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.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian military commander Luís Alves de Lima e Silva the Duke of Caxias was born in 1803
- Today in LatAm history, American ambassador to Mexico Joel Poinsett offered Mexico $5 million for Texas in 1829
- Today in LatAm history, Mexican attorney, politician, and jurist Ignacio Luis Vallarta was born in in 1830
- Today in LatAm history, Cuban-American actor, film director & film producer Mel Ferrer was born in 1917
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian President Jânio Quadros resigned after just seven months in power in 1961
- Today in LatAm history, Dominican baseball player Pablo Ozuna who played for the Chicago White Sox was born in 1974