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This is a list of armed conflicts involving Brazil since its inception during the Brazilian War of Independence.

Colony of Brazil[edit]

Conflict Combatant 1 Combatant 2 Result Emperor
Brazilian Colony
(1612–1615)
Empire of Brazil Brazil France France Victory
  • Territorial unity of the Empire.
João VI

Empire of Brazil[edit]

Conflict Combatant 1 Combatant 2 Result Emperor
Brazilian War of Independence
(1822–1824)
Empire of Brazil Brazil Flag of the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil, and the Algarves.svg Portugal Victory
  • Territorial unity of the Empire.
Pedro I
Confederation of the Equator
(1824)
Empire of Brazil Brazil Bandeira da Confedereção do Equador.png Confederates Victory
  • Seccessionist revolt put down.
Cisplatine War
(1825–1828)
Empire of Brazil Brazil Flag of Argentina (1818).svg United Provinces Stalemate
Revolt of the Mercenaries
(1828)
Empire of Brazil Brazil
France France
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
Mercenaries Victory
  • Revolt suppressed.
War of Cabanos
(1832–1835)
Empire of Brazil Brazil Flag of Empire of Brazil (1870-1889).svg Rebels Victory
  • Rebellion crushed.
Regência
Cabanagem Revolt
(1835–1840)
Empire of Brazil Brazil Bandeira Cabanagem.png Rebels Victory
  • Rebellion crushed.
Ragamuffin War
(1835–1845)
Flag of Empire of Brazil (1870-1889).svg Brazil Riograndense Republic Riograndense Republic
 Juliana Republic
Victory
  • Defeat of the republican uprising.
Sabinada
(1837–1838)
Empire of Brazil Brazil Flag of Sabinada.svg Bahia Republic Victory
  • Rebellion crushed.
Balaiada Revolt
(1838–1841)
Empire of Brazil Brazil Empire of Brazil Rebels Victory
  • Rebellion crushed.
Liberal Rebellions
(1842)
Empire of Brazil Brazil Empire of Brazil Liberal rebels Victory
  • Rebellion crushed.
Pedro II
Praieira Revolt
(1848–1849)
Flag of Empire of Brazil (1870-1889).svg Brazil Flag of Empire of Brazil (1870-1889).svg Praieiros Victory
  • Defeat of the local rebellion in Pernambuco.
Platine War
(1851–1852)
Flag of Empire of Brazil (1870-1889).svg Brazil
 Uruguay
 Entre Ríos
 Corrientes
Bandera argentina unitaria marina mercante.png Unitarians
 Argentina
Flag of Artigas.svg Federalists
Blancos
Victory
  • Argentine clout over the Platine region ends[1]
  • Brazilian hegemony in the Platine region
Uruguayan War
(1864–1865)
Flag of Empire of Brazil (1870-1889).svg Brazil
Flag of Colorado Party (Uruguay).svg Colorados
Unitarians
 Uruguay
Blancos
Federalists
Victory
  • Colorados takeover, regime change in Uruguay.
Paraguayan War
(1864–1870)
Flag of Empire of Brazil (1870-1889).svg Brazil
 Argentina
 Uruguay
 Paraguay Victory
  • Allied occupation of Paraguay.

First Brazilian Republic[edit]

Conflict Combatant 1 Combatant 2 Result President
Federalist Revolution
(1893–1895)
Brazil Brazil Rio Grande do Sul Federalists
National Party
Victory
  • Revolution defeated.
Floriano Peixoto
Revolta da Armada
(1893-1894)
Brazil Brazil
United States United States
Empire of Brazil Navy mutineers Victory
  • Navy mutinies put down.
War of Canudos
(1896–1897)
Brazil Brazil Flag of Empire of Brazil (1870-1889).svg Canudos Victory
  • Settlement destroyed and survivors resettled.
Prudente de Morais
Acre War
(1899–1903)
Brazil Brazil
Bandeira da Terceira República do Acre.svg Acre
 Bolivia Victory
  • Capitulation of Bolivian troops in Acre.
Campos Sales
Contestado War
(1912–1916)
Brazil Brazil Bandeira do Contestado.svg Rebels Victory
  • Settler rebellion quelled.
Hermes da Fonseca
World War I
(1917–1918)
 France
 British Empire

 Russian Empire
 Italy
 United States
 Serbia
 Montenegro
 Japan
 Belgium
 Greece
 Romania
 Portugal
 Brazil

 Germany
 Austria-Hungary
 Ottoman Empire
 Bulgaria
Victory
Venceslau Brás
Tenente Revolts
(1922–1927)
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg Brazil Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg Tenentismo Victory
  • Mutiny suppressed
Arthur Bernardes
Brazilian Revolution of 1930
(1930)
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg Brazil Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg New State Regime change
Washington Luís

Vargas Era[edit]

Conflict Combatant 1 Combatant 2 Result President
Constitutionalist Revolution
(1932)
Brazil Brazil  São Paulo
 Maracaju
 Frente Única Gaúcha
Victory
Getúlio Vargas
World War II
(1943–1945)[2]
 Soviet Union
 United States
 British Empire

 France
 China
 Poland
 Mongolia
 Yugoslavia
 Greece
 Denmark
 Norway
 Netherlands
 Philippines
 Belgium
 Luxembourg
 Czechoslovakia
 Brazil
Mexico Mexico
 Ethiopia
North Vietnam Viet Minh
Korea KLA

 Germany
 Japan
 Italy
 Hungary
 Romania
 Bulgaria
 Finland
 Thailand
 Manchukuo
 Mengjiang
 Croatia
 Slovakia
 Albania
Victory

Second Brazilian Republic[edit]

Conflict Combatant 1 Combatant 2 Result President
Lobster War
(1961–1963)
Brazil France Political victory
  • French withdrawal, war avoided.
João Goulart

Brazilian military government[edit]

Conflict Combatant 1 Combatant 2 Result President
Dominican Civil War
(1965–1966)
Dominican Republic Loyalists
Flag of the United States (Pantone).svg United States
Brazil Brazil
 Honduras
 Paraguay
 Nicaragua
Dominican Republic Constitutionalists Victory
Castelo Branco
Araguaia Guerrilla War
(1967–1974)
Brazil Brazil PCdoB.gif PCdoB
Victory
  • Guerrillas defeated.
Emílio Garrastazu Médici

Third Brazilian Republic[edit]

Conflict Combatant 1 Combatant 2 Result President
Operation Traira
(1991)
 Brazil
 Colombia
Flag of the FARC-EP.svg FARC Victory
  • Successful operation against FARC.
Fernando Collor de Mello

Other conflicts (slave revolts, mutinies)[edit]

Peacekeeping operations[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Halperín Donghi 2007, p. 91.
  2. ^ Brazilian participation in World War II was limited to the Italian Campaign, lasting from 1943 to 1945; Hence Brazil was not involved in the Asian and Pacific theatre.

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