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How a shipwreck almost led Brazil to war with England

By Jorge de Souza

Even today, the rare visitors to the Albardão lighthouse, the most isolated in Brazil, in a particularly erratic area of 241 kilometers of the Cassino beach, considered the longest in the world, between the city of Rio Grande and the border of Brazil and Uruguay, can see, at low tide, a piece of the side of a ship buried on the shore.

It is the remains of the Prince of Wales, an English four-masted merchant ship that ran aground and sank there 161 years ago.

But it was not only debris that remained of . . .

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