Saturday, May 27, 2017
Filibuster. A topic not discussed for some time now.
See my archive regarding filibuster as that word defined and understood within the military context.
"A filibuster or freebooter, in the context of foreign policy, is someone who engages in an (at least nominally) unauthorized military expedition into a foreign country or territory to foment or support a revolution."
From the Internet web site Mental Floss as extracted an article by Erik Sass.
This aspect of the American Civil War I was only vaguely familiar with. Those still loyal to the Confederacy emigrating to Brazil in search of a new and future life.
"The Confederacy's Plan to Conquer Latin America"
"Confederate leaders also had their eyes squarely on Brazil—a country of 3 million square miles and more than 8 million people. Prior to the outbreak of the war, Matthew Maury, one of the forces behind the U.S. Naval Academy, dispatched two Navy officers to the Amazon basin, ostensibly to map the river for shipping. Instead, they were secretly plotting domination and collecting data about separatist movements in the region. When the South lost the war, Maury refused to abandon his plans. He helped up to 20,000 ex-rebels flee to Brazil, where they established the Confederate colonies of New Texas and Americana. To this day, hundreds of descendants of the Confederados still gather outside Americana to celebrate their shared heritage of rocking chairs and sweet potato pie. In a strange way, a part of the Old South still survives—thousands of miles below the U.S. border."
See this You Tube video of those Brazilians in Americana as they are today. Doing quite well.
Read also that entire aspect of the expedition into the Amazon basin as authorized [?] by Matthew Maury. Eradication of slavery in the United States the purported goal? Maury in the aftermath of the American Civil War even as a secessionist it seems continuing a quasi-military career without much travail.
Need I say - - Brazil did not abolish slavery until 1888.