Today in Latin American History
Chile Defeated an Alliance Between Peru and Bolivia in the Battle of Yungay in 1839
Photo: Map of the Battle of Yungay
Today in Latin American history, Chile defeated an alliance between Peru and Bolivia in the Battle of Yungay in 1839.
The alliance formed Chilean Army led by Chilean General in Chief Manuel Bulnes and force of Peruvians opposed to Santa Cruz, decisively defeated the Confederate Army commanded by Santa Cruz after six hours of combat in the battlefield of Yungay, in northern Peru, 200 km north of Lima.
The Battle effectively destroyed the Peru-Bolivian Confederation created by Bolivian Marshal Andrés de Santa Cruz in 1836, and Andrés de Santa Cruz exiled himself in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, Mexican band leader Juan García Esquivel who is also known as “The King of Space Age Pop” was born in 1918
- Today in LatAm history, Venezuelan-born baseball player and manager Ozzie Guillén who played and managed the Chicago White Sox was born in 1964
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian footballer Garrincha who played for the National team & Botafogo died in 1983