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Narrative of Services in the Liberation of Chili, Peru and Brazil, from Spanish and Portuguese Domination, Volume 2   By: (1775-1860)

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In "Narrative of Services in the Liberation of Chili, Peru and Brazil, from Spanish and Portuguese Domination, Volume 2," Thomas Cochrane Dundonald presents a captivating account of his experiences and contributions to the struggles for independence in South America. This detailed narrative not only serves as a historical record but also offers readers a firsthand perspective on the challenges faced by these nations during that pivotal period.

This book is a continuation of Cochrane's earlier volume, and it seamlessly picks up the story as he moves from Chile to Peru and then Brazil. While primarily focused on his military campaigns, Cochrane also delves into the political and economic circumstances surrounding these conflicts, providing readers with a well-rounded understanding of the wider context.

One of the book's most notable strengths is Cochrane's skill in describing key events in a manner that brings them to life. His vivid descriptions of battles and encounters allow readers to visualize the chaos, bravery, and carnage that characterized the fight for independence. Cochrane's personal anecdotes not only reveal his bravery but also highlight the complexity of the military strategies employed during this time.

Cochrane's writing style, although at times dense with military terminology and detail, never becomes overwhelming. He expertly balances technical information with engaging storytelling, ensuring that both historians and general readers can appreciate this work. The inclusion of maps and illustrations further aids in comprehending the geographical scope and the various military maneuvers described.

Moreover, beyond the military aspects, Cochrane also examines the political landscape and the social ramifications of these uprisings. His reflections on the interactions between native populations and European colonizers, as well as the role of slavery, provide valuable insights into the complexities of South American history.

However, readers should be aware that this book assumes some prior knowledge of the historical events and individuals involved. While Cochrane occasionally provides brief explanations, a background understanding of the struggles for South American independence will greatly enhance one's appreciation of the narrative.

In conclusion, "Narrative of Services in the Liberation of Chili, Peru and Brazil, from Spanish and Portuguese Domination, Volume 2" is a significant contribution to the historical literature on South American independence. Thomas Cochrane Dundonald's detailed and insightful account offers readers a unique perspective on the challenges faced by these nations. Whether one is a history enthusiast or simply curious about this period, this book provides an engaging and informative read.

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THOMAS, EARL OF DUNDONALD, G.C.B. Admiral of the Red; Rear Admiral of the Fleet, etc. etc.





Brazilian and Portuguese factions Don Pedro ordered to quit Brazil Appointed "Perpetual Protector" Proclaimed Emperor of Brazil Efforts to obtain foreign officers and seamen The naval command offered to me Acceptation thereof Arrival at Rio de Janeiro Visit of inspection to the squadron Condition of the vessels Inferiority of seamen Imperial affability Attempt to evade the terms offered me This failing, to reduce the value of my pay Pretended commission conferred And refused The point argued I decline the command The Prime Minister gives in Explanatory Portaria Formal commission Orders to blockade Bahia Portuguese faction Averse to me from the outset.


Attempt to cut off the enemy's ships Disobedience to orders Letter to the Prime Minister Worthlessness of the men Their treachery Blockade established Equipment of fireships Enemy's supplies cut off Portuguese untrustworthy Demonstrations of the enemy His pretended contempt for us The enemy returns to port Their consternation at the fireships Portuguese contemplate attacking us Flagship reconnoitres enemy at anchor Excessive alarm at my nocturnal visit Proclamation of the Commandant Consternation in the city The authorities decide on evacuating Bahia Instructions to the Brazilian Captains Warnings addressed to the authorities Enemy quits Bahia Readiness for chase Numbers of the enemy Capture of the Convoy Prizes disabled Attempt of troops to escape Prizes sent to Pernambuco Pursuit discontinued Reasons for going to Maranham Reasons for not taking more prizes Advantages to the Empire... Continue reading book >>

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