Brazilian Essequibo? Brazil has already lost its giant territory to Guyana

Brazilian Essequibo?  Brazil has already lost its giant territory to Guyana

credit, London: Ackerman, 1841

Illustrative image,

Engraving by Robert H. Schomburgk from within Guyana

  • author, Vinicius Pereira
  • scroll, From Sao Paulo to BBC News Brazil

In the dispute that became known as the “Birara Question,” the country entered into a diplomatic conflict with the United Kingdom over an area of ​​about 33,000 square kilometers, located between the borders of the current state of Roraima and Guyana.

With areas rich in agriculture and some minerals, the location would give Brazil access to the Caribbean Sea via tributaries of the Amazon River. On the other hand, it could also allow the British to access the entire northern region of Brazil, given the possibility of navigation from that location.

Amid diplomatic clashes between the two countries that continued for years, in 1898, the Brazilian government accepted the English proposal to refer the dispute to the rule of the Italian government – which was considered neutral at the time, and King Vitor Emanuel III was the arbitrator. , the last royal ruler of Italy.

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