History cannon 39 | 015881
This Cannon was baptized as Advino (seer in Spanish).
It was made of 90% of Mexican copper, taken to Spain to be manufactured and consequently it returned to colonial America. This fact indicates the high cost and complexity of artillery production at that time. This cannon was captured at the time
of the Portuguese invasion of the Uruguayan territory during
the country’s conflicts for independency. After a series of
battles from 1816 to 1821, the Uruguayan army general Artigas
was defeated and self-exiled in Paraguay ending the conflict.
Only in 1830, Uruguay establishes as a republic and divides between conservatives (blancos) and liberals (colorados).
The disagreements between the two political positions led
to the Great War that lasted twelve years (1839-1851).
The political clusters composed of conservatives and progressives have created clashes over time in Uruguay
and other places of the world.
Today, there is a visible growth of conservative and ultra-conservative governments not only in Latin America but also throughout the world with Brazil, a country that lives this reality.
A situation in which the nature of the government is exercised with a lack of priority to social issues and the rights of minorities. Women, on the other hand, even though they are not a numerical minority in the country, still suffer from the lack of assistance reinforcing an hegemonic-patriarchal system.
In February 2020, as an example, before the Covid19 pandemic settled in Brazil, the incumbent Brazilian president zeroed funding to the Casa da Mulher Brasileira (Home of Brazilian Woman) program that serves women in situations of domestic and sexual violence. Considering this, in the current circumstance of compulsory social isolation, the rate of domestic violence against women have grown dramatically. According to the Agência Brasil website, in the State of São Paulo alone there was a 44.9% increase in April 2020 compared to the same month last year. This fact confirms the need of public policies for assisting women and increasing gender inequality in the country.
Curiosity: This artillery piece is called Tibério and is sisters with
cannon 14 - smell of Lacrimae. It was common to name the cannons
with classical or mythological names in Spain, end of 18th century.
The smell of Invasion brings in its composition memories of violence, fear, profit and also courage of the invaders. The fear and anxiety from the individuals affected by the violence of the invasions is represented by animalic, phenolic and foul notes found in Osmanthus while the violence is evoked in the antiseptic smell of lacerations
and the metallic notes of blood brought by the extracts
of Castoreum, Oud and Musk in the composition.
The smell is hot, burnt and presents notes of ashes from the mouth of the cannons. Gunpowder with its components of Sulphur, carbon and saltpeter is known since the IX Century as the black gunpowder or the smell of Hell. Aldehyde cuminic, one of the main molecules of cumin instigate the pungent, spicy and oily smell of Invasion.
This page describes the history and associations
with the smell Invasion in cannon #39.
The questions below are bridges between
you and past and present passages of Brazilian History.
It would be exciting to have your
contribution in the construction of an
imaginary collective smell glossary.
Have you ever been invaded by a smell?
Can you describe it?
Smells are invasive.
Can you remember of a place or a moment
where you were invaded by a smell?