Paraguay is reduced to half its population, looses 55,000 square miles, and is saddled with huge debt as a result of the War of the Triple Alliance where Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay fight against Paraguay.
War of the Triple Alliance in Paraguay. Triple Alliance consists of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay.
The war ends when President Lopez is killed.
Portuguese: habitational name from a place so named in Alveiro, which probably takes its name from the personal name Álvaro ( see Alvaro ).