Category: PORTUGAL - PRE-STAMP POSTAL HISTORY
1825(June 16) swashbuckling entire in English headed "Montivideo", to "James Finnie Esqre/Lisbon" endorsed "via Rio de Jano", no postal markings but docketed as received 14.10.1825, two ironed-out vertical filing folds. Research by Luis Frazao in the 'Portuguese Philatelic Bulletin' No 181 stated that the merchant James Finnie was entitled to a home-delivery service at a cost of 5reis per article, regardless of origin, weight or rate!
The area that became Uruguay was a province of Argentina. Independence was proclaimed on 26.2.1811 but was forcibly resisted by the Spanish authorities. In 1816, after Portugal became concerned about pro-revolutionary ideas migrating to Brazil, troops invaded & occupied Montevideo. Local forces were finally defeated in 1820 & Uruguay was absorbed into Brazil as the Province of Cisplatina. In mid-1825, an uprising & subsequent declaration of secession from Brazil initiated the Cisplatina War which ended in 1828 with the Treaty of Montevideo that resulted in an independent Uruguay being established as a buffer between Argentina & Brazil.
The letter refers to Don Juan Benito Blanco stating "...he is at present a prisoner on board of a Brazilian Brig of War in this port being suspected as one connected with the patriots who have risen against the Brazilians in this Province...Considerable reinforcements have...arrived from Rio and we should hope that in a very short time they should succeed in dispersing the patriots...as the present disturbances have caused an almost total stagnation of trade..." Benito Blanco was a Uruguayan nationalist. Ironically modern-Montevideo's Avenida Juan Benito Blanco intersects with Avenida Brazil!
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