Battle of Cerro Corá

Death of Francisco Solano López by the River Aquidabán, during the Battle of Cerro Corá
Death of Francisco Solano López by the River Aquidabán, during the Battle of Cerro Corá

Historical Context

The battle of Cerro Corá in northeastern Paraguay was part of a guerrilla campaign led by Paraguayan President Francisco Solano López against a Triple Alliance of Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay that had lasted 14 months in the final phase of the Paraguayan War, begun in 1864.

During the fighting a Brazilian troops engaged López's forces, killing many senior officers. Francisco Solano López was himself wounded and then later killed by Brazilian forces after refusing to surrender. It was the end of a devastating war for Paraguay with the loss of at least 100,000 men.

Painting Info


Artist: Adolfo Methfessel
Location painted: Cerro Corá, Paraguay

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