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LEEOR, Carlos Federico (lawyor), Portuguese soldier, born in Algarve, Portugal, about 1765; died in Sacramento, Brazil, in 1836. He was educated in Holland, his father's native country, and was intended for a commercial career, but entered the Portuguese army, and at the close of the Napoleonic wars was a lieutenant-general. He was sent to Brazil at the head of an army of 4,500 men in 1816, and captured Montevideo, 20 January, 1817. The Banda Oriental was then exposed to a revolutionary movement in consequence of the intrigues of Jose Artigas, and Leeor, after routing the latter. Persuaded the country to recognize the provisional authority of the court of Brazil. He was rewarded by his sovereign with the title of Baron de Laguna. When it was seen that the Brezilian occupation was to be permanent, there was an insurrection in Montevideo that resulted in a disastrous war. Finally Lecor was commissioned by the court to propose that the inhabitants should place themselves under the protectorate of Brazil, while retaining their independence. This proposition was submitted to an assembly of notables; but, in consequence of the intrigues of Lecor, the deputies pronounced in favor of the union of the country with the united kingdom of Portugal, Brazil, and Algarve. In 1822 Dora Pedro I., who had been proclaimed emperor of Brazil, sent Lecor to Montevideo to persuade or force the deputies to swear to accept the act of union. The city was divided on the question, and Lecor took command of the Brazilian troops against those who favored a continuance of the union with Portugal; but the Portuguese party was victorious, and Lecor was forced to leave Montevideo. Afterward the place fell into his hands again, and he kept control of it till 1825. The discontent of the inhabitants ended in an insurrection which was supported by the government of Buenos Ayres. The army of Lecor was defeated, but he maintained his position in Montevideo until re-enforced from Brazil in 1826. After this he was dismissed, and retired to private life.
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