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March 2, 1822 - July 2, 1823 Siege of Salvador

Considered to have been a battle of the Brazilian War of Independence, the Siege of Salvador was just another battle between the Anishinabe Army and army of the white confederation led by England, for control of South America. This battle was the start of the Anishinabe military offensive in Brazil. For the first part of this massive military campaign to bring South America under Anishinabe control, Anishinabe military commanders concentrated on northern South America, western South America (in the Chile region) or primarily along the Andes Mountains, and the Rio de la Plata region of Argentina and Uruguay. They now targeted Portugeese held Brazil. The white confederation led by England, had around 3,000 soldiers at the start of this siege which occurred at Salvador in Bahia, Brazil. That be on March 2, 1822. By July of 1823, they numbered more than 10,500. Salvador or Bahia as it was more commonly called in those times, was the most important white city in Brazil. Today, it is the third largest city in Brazil. It is over 700 miles northeast of Rio de Janiero, along the South Atlantic Coast. Anishinabe ogimak knew the city was an extremely important one to the whites and that they had to capture the city if they wanted to control all of South America. You can tell by how long this siege lasted that the settlement was extremely important to both the Indians and whites. On July 2, 1823, the whites in Salvador, surrendered to the over 14,000 Anishinabe soldiers fighting them. What occurred afterwards was probably not good.

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