Paulino Soares de Sousa, 1st Viscount of Uruguai
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|The Viscount of Uruguai|
|Minister of Foreign Affairs|
8 October 1849 – 6 September 1853
|Preceded by||The Marquess of Olinda|
|Succeeded by||The Viscount of Abaeté|
8 June 1843 – 2 February 1844
|Preceded by||The Marquess of Paraná|
|Succeeded by||Ernesto Ferreira França|
4 October 1807|
Paris, French Empire
15 July 1866 (aged 58)|
Rio de Janeiro, Empire of Brazil
|Political party||Conservative Party (1836-1866)|
Born in Paris, he distinguished himself during the 1850s when, as Minister of Foreign Affairs for Brazil, he organized the Brazilian Diplomatic Corps and structured the entire Brazilian policy of intervention in the River Plate against Juan Manuel de Rosas from Argentina, and Manuel Oribe from Uruguay.
A cautious diplomat, he knew how to take advantage of favourable circumstances, excluding unilateral action by Brazil and acting only at the request of the constitutional governments in the region. Success also came from his part in Franco-English involvement. He took on the financial burden incurred by France in maintaining the government of Montevideo and in relation to England, took steps towards the abolition of the slave traffic, creating favourable conditions for involvement by Brazil and its allies. In Paris in 1855 he negotiated the issue of Brazilian borders with French Guiana, which resulted in the matter being finally resolved in 1900, by the Baron of Rio Branco.
The Viscount died in Rio de Janeiro, aged 57.