Today in Latin American History
South America’s Most Violent Volcanic Eruption Occurred in 1600
Photo: Huaynaputina (geographic.org)
Today in Latin American history, the Peruvian stratovolcano Huaynaputina exploded in the most violent eruption in the recorded history of South America in 1600.
A few days before the eruption, someone reported booming noise from the volcano and fog-like gas being emitted from its crater. The locals scrambled to appease the volcano, preparing girls, pets, and flowers for sacrifice.
The eruption continued with a series of events into March.
In total, the volcano killed more than 1500 people, and ash buried ten villages.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, the Second Battle of Guararapes took place, effectively ending Dutch colonization efforts in Brazil in 1649
- Today in LatAm history, former President of Mexico Alvaro Obregon who was in office 1920-24 was born in 1880
- Today in LatAm history, Pedro Lascuráin became President of Mexico for 45 minutes; this is the shortest term to date of any person as president of any country in 1913
- Today in LatAm history, pretender to the Brazilian throne Prince Pedro Gastão of Orléans-Braganza was born in 1913
- Today in LatAm history, Mexican astronaut Rodolfo Neri Vela who was the second Latin American to go to Space was born in 1952
- Today in LatAm history, current President of Argentina Cristina Fernández de Kirchner was born in 1953
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian footballer Sócrates who played for the National team & Corinthians was born in 1954
- Today in LatAm history, Puerto Rican actor Benicio del Toro who won an Academy Award was born in 1967
- Today in LatAm history, Dominican baseball player Miguel Batista who played for the Colorado Rockies was born in 1971
- Today in LatAm history, Cuban baseball player Mike González who played for the St. Louis Cardinals died in 1977