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From: Alison Kilpatrick <>
Subject: News extracts: June 14, 1828: Affray at Rio Janeiro
Date: Sat, 14 Jun 2008 07:45:53 GMT


Transcribed from the 19 August 1828 edition of The Newry Commercial
Telegraph newspaper, by permission of The British Library:

The Irish Emigrants in Brazil.
By accounts from Rio Janeiro, of the 14th June, we learn that a
serious affray occurred at Rio a few days before the packet sailed. On
which occasion the Irish and German soldiers, who had been disaffected
for some time past, rose in their quarters, killed, wounded, and
expelled their Officers, and were proceeding to a general revolt against
Government, committing all kinds of excesses. An engagement actually
took place in Campo Santa Anna, where a regiment composed of Irish and
Germans were quartered. The Brazilian troops, joined by the town rabble,
surrounded the rioters, who surrendered the next day for want of order,
food, and ammunition; about 120 were killed and wounded on both sides.
The English and French marines were also landed, and assisted in
reducing another regiment at St. Christovao, which surrendered without
bloodshed; there was still a regiment of German riflemen, about 1,200
Irish, the latter unarmed, holding out for terms, at Praya Vermelha,
under the Sugar Loaf. The Germans were going to be tried by a Court
Martial, and kept in the forts in the meanwhile. The Irish were shipped
on board the men-of-war, and going to be bundled off at the intercession
of the British Envoy, either back to Ireland, to the Cape, or to Canada.

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