Today in Latin American History
Chilean Rebels Defeat the Spanish at the Battle of Tucapel in 1553
Photo: Battle of Tucapel
Today in Latin American history, Mapuche rebels under Lautaro defeated the Spanish conquistadors and executed the governor of Chile, Pedro de Valdivia at the Battle of Tucapel in 1553.
This battle happened in the context of the first stage of the Arauco War, named the “offensive war” within a larger uprising by Araucanians against the Spanish conquest of Chile.
No other forms of outbreak occured until the Chilean War for Independence in 1810.
Other events that occurred on this day:
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- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian footballer Jairzinho who played for the National team & Botafogo was born in 1944
- Today in LatAm history, Venezuelan baseball player Manny Trillo who played for the Chicago Cubs was born in 1950
- Today in LatAm history, Colombian senator Ingrid Betancourt who was held captive for 6.5 years by the FARC was born in 1961
- Today in LatAm history, Mexican drug trafficker Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano who was head of the Los Zetas drug cartel was born in 1974