Forgotten History: Drunken Irish and German Riots, Two Centuries Ago, in Rio de Janeiro

In June 1828, during a little-remembered episode of Brazilian history, Irish and German mercenaries brought chaos to the streets of Rio de Janeiro, burning down many buildings and causing several hundred casualties.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The background to this dramatic event was the Cisplatine War, a war between Argentina and Brazil over the control of the province of Cisplatina (modern-day Uruguay).

Emperor Dom Pedro I was in need of extra soldiers and, to this end, he sent Colonel William . . .

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