ARGENTINA & BRAZIL SUPPORT U.S. AGAINST GERMANY
Buenos Aires & Rio de Janeiro (JFK+50) One hundred years ago, April 10, 1917, the government of Argentina issued a declaration supporting the United States in the war with Germany.
Brazil, in the meantime, prepared to sever relations with Germany. The move by the government of Brazil came after the sinking of the Brazilian steamer Parana* with the loss of 3 civilian lives.
Jamie Bisher writes...
"Brazil had been leaning toward the Allies for several months when the events of April 1917 pushed the country to the brink of war."
The Chicago Daily Tribune published a front page story in its April 11th Final edition which included the following statement...
"Enthusiastic crowds marched through the streets (of Rio de Janeiro) and...university students organized pro-ally demonstrations."
*On April 5, 1917, a German submarine attacked the Parana, the flagship of the Brazilian merchant fleet, 12 miles off the coast of France. The U-boat fired 5 times into the incapacitated ship as she floundered. The action made it clear that Brazil's merchant fleet was fair game for German unrestricted submarine warfare.
"Brazil and Argentina Line Up With U.S.," The Chicago Daily Tribune, April 11, 1917, www.archives.chicagotribune.com/
"The Intelligence War in Latin America, 1914-1922," by Jamie Bisher, McFarland & Company Inc., Publisher, Jefferson, North Carolina.