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  Three Down For Uruguay: I - History    
Fun Fill-It
 20 Qns
A Brief Introduction to Uruguayan History
Uruguay is a small country wedged between Brazil and Argentina. Affiliated with both at one time or another in its history, Uruguay has emerged as a modern thriving, country. This quiz is a brief introduction to a proud country's history.
Average, 20 Qns, 1nn1, Feb 19 24
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Feb 19 24
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  Oh No! The Bananas are Under Attack! editor best quiz   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The Banana Wars began around the turn of the twentieth century and were caused by American intervention in Central American economic systems. This quiz gives a brief overview of that time period.
Average, 10 Qns, adams627, Aug 05 10
2145 plays
  Tales of Guyana   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The Co-operative Republic of Guyana gained independence in 1966; before that, however, it had a long and varied history. What do you know about the history of Guyana?
Average, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, Jan 15 18
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Jan 15 18
1635 plays
  Tales of the Treaty   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The signing of the Treaty of Tordesillas has had far-reaching effects on the history of South America to this very day. How much do you know about the treaty?
Average, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, May 29 18
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May 29 18
405 plays
  Latin American Heroes   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is to test your knowledge about Latin American heroes, some of them rather controversial. I've learned more about them while writing this quiz, and I hope you will, too.
Average, 10 Qns, robbieh, Apr 25 17
2640 plays
  South American History Sampler   top quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Match the South American countries with the historical snippet about each one. Suriname (formerly Dutch Guiana) and Guyana (formerly British Guiana) have been excluded, as has the French overseas department, French Guiana.
Average, 10 Qns, spanishliz, Dec 08 16
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  A Sad Finish 2   top quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Archaeologists work to uncover ancient sites and analyze artifacts and other remains that are found. See if you can identify the following archaeological sites in South America, spectacular in their heyday, that are now threatened or in ruins.
Average, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, Oct 06 17
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Oct 06 17
364 plays
  Jesuit Reductions in South America   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
"We are picking up the mission Jesus left for us / We are doing what He told us". ('On Mission', Amena Brown) Such was the vision of the Jesuit missionaries in the 17th and 18th centuries, whose work inspired the 1986 movie 'The Mission'.
Average, 10 Qns, looney_tunes, Sep 04 17
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Sep 04 17
228 plays
  An Episode in the Life of a Banana Republic   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
A quiz about bananas, republics, and Cold War politics.
Average, 15 Qns, triviapaul, Oct 16 15
1285 plays
  Grenades over Grenada    
Ordering Quiz
 10 Qns
Grenada is an island nation in the Caribbean with a pretty violent history. Let's see if you can correctly arrange each historical event from the earliest to the most recent.
Average, 10 Qns, RedHook13, May 07 22
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May 07 22
167 plays
trivia question Quick Question
What kind of occasions were the center of a plantation worker's social life?

From Quiz "Latin American Mixture"

  History of Port-au-Prince   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A quiz on Haiti's capital city of Port-au-Prince. How much do you know about this tumultuous city's past?
Average, 10 Qns, Joepetz, May 23 23
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May 23 23
182 plays
  Pre-Columbian Civilizations    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A quiz on the Mesoamerican Civilizations - the Aztecs, Incas, and the Mayas. It includes general questions on the great Central American civilizations. Enjoy!
Average, 10 Qns, goyanks193, Jan 08 20
Jan 08 20
1704 plays
  History of Montevideo   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Uruguay's capital of Montevideo may not be as well known as other South American cities but Montevideo played a large role in the development of South America. How much do you know about this city's past?
Average, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Jan 12 21
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Jan 12 21
179 plays
  Another Man's Cause    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The United States has often been involved in the political affairs of other countries, especially of the countries in Latin America. What do you know about them?
Average, 10 Qns, Mariamir, Jan 10 13
743 plays
  Latin American History    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Latin American History. Enjoy!
Average, 10 Qns, jagman09, Feb 14 18
Feb 14 18
1955 plays
  Bolivar: The Other Great American Revolutionary   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
While George Washington is well known as one of the greatest revolutionary generals ever, Simon Bolivar freed almost an entire continent from Spain. This quiz focuses on topics related to his personal history, campaigns, and politics.
Tough, 10 Qns, confuszius, Jan 19 08
745 plays
  Military Coups In Latin America    
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
Latin America has been haunted by military coups. I give you the year of the coup and the coup maker. You give me the country.
Tough, 20 Qns, author, Jan 20 11
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  Aztec, Inca, Olmec, or Maya?    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
We know they are the big four in Mesoamerican pre-history, but which one is which? This quiz might help sort things out.
Average, 10 Qns, DaMoopies, Aug 11 15
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273 plays
  West Indies - History In The Isles    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
You're sitting in a classroom in Jamaica. Here's your quiz paper. West Indian History...Help!
Average, 10 Qns, Verne47, Dec 08 15
200 plays
  Taino and Kalinago    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This a basic quiz about the people Christoper Columbus first came in contact with after arriving in the New World.
Tough, 10 Qns, blayz1, Jan 15 07
586 plays
  Costa Rica History    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Let's see how much you know about this cozy little country's history! If you ever get the opportunity, I highly recommend visiting it! Have fun and good luck!
Average, 10 Qns, jillfreddy, Dec 15 17
Dec 15 17
1149 plays
  History of the Bahamas: Discovery    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
All these questions have something to do with the discovery of the Bahamas and the native people.
Tough, 10 Qns, ladyhenry, Mar 30 07
526 plays
  Dominican Republic History, Part II    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
History of the Dominican Republic from the beginning of the twentieth century. This quiz starts where Part I ended.
Tough, 10 Qns, socratessoul, Aug 17 06
421 plays
  Latin American Mixture    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I just took some random questions from my old high school history book and thought that you might get a little background knowledge from them ...
Average, 10 Qns, hiplikebrando, Feb 08 23
Feb 08 23
1051 plays
  At a Glance: A History of Caribbean Nations    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The history of the Caribbean spans over thousands of years and cannot be thouroughly covered in one quiz. This quiz, however, takes a look at various important historical events that have happened in this region. Have fun and good luck!
Difficult, 10 Qns, apathy100, Jul 02 05
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584 plays
  Napoleonic Efforts to Recapture Haiti    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A quiz about one of Napoleon's early failures.
Tough, 10 Qns, guanodotcom, Aug 27 09
397 plays
  Latin American Events of the 19th Century    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A general quiz about Latin American political affairs of more than a century ago.
Difficult, 10 Qns, Slade, Jun 19 22
Jun 19 22
1299 plays
  Suriname as an Independent Republic    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Suriname became an independent republic in 1975 after having been a Dutch colony for three centuries. Here are some questions about its history as an independent country.
Tough, 10 Qns, StefanL, Jul 04 03
397 plays

Latin American History Trivia Questions

1. Prior to the arrival of Europeans, which group of indigenous people occupied what is now Port-au-Prince?

From Quiz
History of Port-au-Prince

Answer: Taino

The Taino People are believed to have arrived from Venezuela millennia before the arrival of the Europeans. They were ruled locally by a cacique, a chief or king type ruler. The Taino were enemies of the Carib People who lived on many of the other nearby islands. The Taino lived primarily inland to avoid been seen or invaded by the Caribs. Within decades of the arrival of Europeans, almost all, if not all, the Taino People in Haiti had died.

2. Montevideo was founded in 1726 by which Spaniard, who served as Governor of Buenos Aires?

From Quiz History of Montevideo

Answer: Bruno Mauricio de Zabala

Buenos Aires lies along the Rio de la Plata and the Portuguese hoped to counteract the Spanish strength in the region by establishing their own colony. They called their settlement Colonia do Sacramento on the opposite side of the Rio de la Plata from Buenos Aires. However, the Spanish felt threatened by this despite the Portuguese's largely peaceful presence. Zabala, then Governor of Buenos Aires, established a fort near Colonia do Sacramento and the Portuguese fled their settlement. The city of Montevideo, which means "I see a hill", was founded around the fort.

3. The title of this quiz says that it will be about Jesuit reductions; in this context, to what does the term reductions refer?

From Quiz Jesuit Reductions in South America

Answer: Villages set up to gather the natives into proximity of the Jesuit missions

The Jesuit priests who arrived in South America intending to convert the natives to their faith decided that it would be advantageous to organise secure villages for the natives, referred to collectively as the Guarani people. The advantages for the Jesuits included increased opportunity to develop economic and cultural links that might increase the acceptance of Catholicism, while the Guarani gained security by living inside the enclosing fence. The word reduction is used in English; the original Spanish term was "reducciones de indios", or congregations of Indians.

4. Whose voyage of discovery to the New World in 1492 led to the signing of the Treaty of Tordesillas by Spain and Portugal in 1494?

From Quiz Tales of the Treaty

Answer: Christopher Columbus

Before receiving funding from the King and Queen of Spain, Columbus had unsuccessfully tried to sell his plan to reach the east by sailing west to the King of Portugal, John II. While some sources say that he was forced to land in Lisbon due to a storm on his return to Spain, others indicate that Columbus just couldn't resist temptation to stop and tell John what he had found before he returned to Spain after his first voyage. This set off a flurry of activity in Portugal - a nasty letter was sent to the Catholic Monarchs, and an armada was being prepared to go to the New World and claim the land in the name of Portugal.

5. Who were the indigenous people of the West Indies?

From Quiz West Indies - History In The Isles

Answer: Caribs and Tainos

When Columbus came to the West Indies in 1492 the Tainos were the main occupants of Cuba, Jamaica and Hispaniola. The Caribs (Kalinagos) lived mostly in the lesser Antilles. Historically, the Tainos and Caribs were enemies. The Caribs were a fierce, warlike set of people who would carry out raids on the Tainos who had to defend themselves although they were basically peaceful.

6. What war was going on in Mexico when the United States first intervened there in the 20th century?

From Quiz Another Man's Cause

Answer: Mexican Revolution of 1910

The Mexican Revolution began in 1910 when Francisco I. Madero, a Mexican politician, rebelled against the then President of Mexico and headed a revolt. After the rise and fall of several leaders, the revolution ended with the approving of the Mexican Constitution of 1917, although fighting continued till the end of the 1920s. Despite the war clearly being another man's cause, the United States was actively involved during a few years, notably 1914 and 1916. A major reason for American involvement was that the revolution could potentially inflict a severe blow on the United States' economy, which at the time was linked to Mexico's economy, which as a matter of course deteriorated during the succession of conflicts.

7. The Banana Wars began around the year 1898, when the United States first established itself as a world power, by defeating which nation in a brief but decisive war?

From Quiz Oh No! The Bananas are Under Attack!

Answer: Spain

The Spanish-American War is interesting for its short duration: John Hay famously called it "a splendid little war." By 1898, Spanish naval strength had far diminished since the empire's height during the exploration of the Americas; on the other hand, American military strength was starting to become evident. The United States hadn't yet tried to imperialize Latin America or anywhere else in the world, even though countries like France, the UK, and Germany had developed vast empires in Africa and Southeast Asia. Spain's empire was mostly limited to territories in Latin America like Cuba, and the Cubans wanted independence badly. Revolutionaries, especially famed poet Jose Marti, continued to fight from exile for Cuba's independence. Spain put down the revolts harshly. American resentment for the Spanish grew, especially with William Randolph Hearst's "yellow journalism." When the USS Maine, an American ship docked in Havana, exploded on February 15, 1898, United States citizens clamored for war, even though no definitive evidence of Spanish involvement was reached. The war was incredibly swift. The US took control of fronts in the Philippines and in Cuba, where Theodore Roosevelt made fame for himself by leading the so-called Rough Riders. A peace treaty was signed less than a year later in Paris, giving the United States control of many Spanish territories, including Guam and Puerto Rico.

8. For which country did Benito Juarez help write the constitution?

From Quiz Latin American Mixture

Answer: Mexico

Benito Juarez (1806-1872) also made many forward looking reforms and was five times president of Mexico. He is also remembered for his staunch and successful resistance to Napoleon III's attempts to install and maintain the Habsburg Maximilian as Emperor of Mexico.

9. The preeminent short story writer O. Henry is credited with coining the term "Banana republic" in 1896, describing the country he lived in at the time. In what country was O. Henry living in 1896-1897, and why?

From Quiz An Episode in the Life of a Banana Republic

Answer: Honduras - fleeing the law

In his eventful life William Porter (he adopted the pseudonym O. Henry later) was a journalist, writer, pharmacist and bank teller, but never an ambassador. He was obviously a good writer since there is a prestigious award named after him, but apparently not as good a bank teller as it was his problems with book-keeping that got him into trouble. He was indicted for embezzlement and jumped bail to Honduras, returning after a year because of his wife's bad health. She died soon afterwards and he went to jail, where he had plenty of time to write in peace. Most of his writing inspiration came by watching and listening to people in hotel lobbies, not secluding himself. All four countries qualify as banana republics, with sizeable banana exports and a solid history of military dictatorships.

10. He named the Pacific Ocean. His crew was the first to sail all the way around the world but he died halfway there.

From Quiz Latin American History

Answer: Ferdinand Magellan

Balboa was the first to see the Pacific Ocean, but he called it the South Sea. Cortes landed in Mexico in 1519 and decimated the Aztecs by spreading diseases originated in Spain. Cabral founded Brazil in the name of the king of Portugal.

11. The indigenous peoples of the Bahamas called themselves "Lucayans". What does the word "Lucayan" mean?

From Quiz History of the Bahamas: Discovery

Answer: Island People

Columbus called these people Indians, but they called themselves Lucayans. They were a peaceful people who met an untimely end with the coming of the European explorers.

12. This controversial woman, the wife of a president of Argentina, has become a legend. Adored by many in her country, the subject of books, plays and films, she died of cancer at the age of 33.

From Quiz Latin American Heroes

Answer: Eva Peron

Eva Maria Duarte was born into a destitute family in Argentina in 1919. At the age of 16, she went to Buenos Aires, with aspirations of becoming an actress, and found work in radio and films. After several years in Buenos Aires, Eva met Juan Peron, an army officer and high government official. They were married a year later. Peron was elected president of Argentina in 1946. Eva was invaluable to Peron, and took a high profile role in the country's affairs. She was tireless in her efforts to help the disadvantaged, and at the same time advance the career of her husband. Evita, as she became known to everyone, provided housing, medical care, financial aid and education for Argentina's poor, and she was enormously popular with them. But not everyone was fond of Eva, particularly the rich and the military. In 1951, she was found to have cancer, but wouldn't allow doctors to perform the surgery that might have saved her life. It is said that she felt it was more important to continue her work for the poor. Eva Peron died in 1952.

13. On October 14, 1983, Prime Minister Maurice Bishop was placed under house arrest and was ousted from power during a military coup. What Caribbean nation was he the Prime Minister of?

From Quiz At a Glance: A History of Caribbean Nations

Answer: Grenada

Power was seized by Grenada's former Deputy Minister Bernard Coard during a bloody coup in front of over 1000 American medical students. Coard's strong Marxist views posed a threat and deep concern among various Caribbean nations as well as in Washington D.C. The U.S. Army invaded Grenada on October 25, 1983 and quickly took control of the island. The U.S. Army left Grenada in 1985. President Maurice Bishop, who was freed by many of his supporters, was executed on October 19, 1983.

14. This civilization used chinampas for growing.

From Quiz Pre-Columbian Civilizations

Answer: Aztecs

Because of the large population on the small island of Tenochtitlan, the Aztecs used chinampas, or floating gardens, to grow corn, squash, and beans. They made these by piling soil on top of reed mats that were anchored to the bed of Lake Texcoco. They were not just able to grow in otherwise unusable land, but this made the soil more fertile.

15. How did Napoleon refer to the western side of the island of Hispaniola?

From Quiz Napoleonic Efforts to Recapture Haiti

Answer: Saint Domingue

The island was originally known as "Ay-aiti" by the native Arawak Indians. The French renamed it Saint Dominique after acquiring it from the Spanish in 1697. Interestingly, France didn't conquer this area - they earned it through "adverse possession." So many Spanish had moved to Mexico, to search for gold, the French simply moved in.

16. Who was the first president of Suriname?

From Quiz Suriname as an Independent Republic

Answer: Mr. Ferrier

Johan Ferrier was the first president (without executive power).

17. What is the capital of Costa Rica?

From Quiz Costa Rica History

Answer: San José

San José is the largest city in Costa Rica.

18. Who succeeded Bohechio as cacique of the Xaragua?

From Quiz History of Port-au-Prince

Answer: His sister, Anacaona

Bohechio, who was cacique when Christopher Columbus sailing for Spain arrived, had no children and was succeeded in his role as cacique by his sister Anacaona. During her rule, the Spanish intermarried with the Taino in Xaragua (the local name of the settlement in what is now Port-au-Prince). Anacaona's husband was Caonabo, also a cacique and a fierce warrior who was captured by the Spanish in 1496.

19. Located in the northeastern part of South America, Guyana is part of a group of countries that at one time was known as "the Guianas". What does "guiana" mean?

From Quiz Tales of Guyana

Answer: Land of Many Waters

The area that the Spanish called "Las Guayanas" eventually consisted of three land divisions; the modern countries in the region today are called Guyana, French Guiana, and Suriname. Together they are part of a geographic feature called the Guiana Shield, which consists of the three modern countries, as well as parts of Venezuela, Brazil, and Colombia. Rock formations, called the Guiana Highlands, consist of mountains topped by mesas called tepui, and are part of the landscape; they help create some of the most magnificent waterfalls in the world. In addition, there are many streams, creeks, and rivers, such as the Orinoco and Amazon, which, of course, have given the country its nickname.

20. The Arawak chief was called the cacique but what was the Carib chief called?

From Quiz West Indies - History In The Isles

Answer: ubutu

The ubutu was not as powerful as the cacique except in times of war. The ubutu was a war leader. He would decide the day on which they would carry out attacks on the Tainos. The ubutu's position was not hereditary. Ubutus were chosen by village elders and the chosen one had to carry out a successful raid to earn the title. In times of peace the ubutu was not the leader of the districts.

21. Which ancient civilization in the Americas developed what is considered the most sophisticated system of writing?

From Quiz Aztec, Inca, Olmec, or Maya?

Answer: Maya

It's the only one that linguists have managed to translate into modern languages, at any rate. It is still being taught in Mexico in many areas where it is currently spoken. The Inca used knotted ropes known as quipu in lieu of writing. The Aztec system did not include an alphabet and was internally inconsistent. The Olmec used a system that was relatively simplistic compared that to the Maya.

22. What incident, related to the Ypiranga Incident, was the first battle between United States forces and Mexican troops during the US intervention in Mexico in the 1900s?

From Quiz Another Man's Cause

Answer: Occupation of Veracruz

The Occupation of Veracruz had several causes, one of which was the Ypiranga Incident, when the United States attempted to intercept the Ypiranga, a ship allegedly bringing weapons to Mexico for the use of the Mexican government in power at the time. The relationship between the two countries had already been strained, however, and the incident (which culminated in the Ypiranga reaching Mexico, anyway) was merely a factor. American forces entered Veracruz on April 21, 1914. During the ensuing conflict, approximately 20 Americans and 150 Mexicans lost their lives. The US marines occupied Veracruz until November.

23. Which Latin American country had the biggest slave population?

From Quiz Latin American Mixture

Answer: Brazil

Brazil, the only former Portuguese colony in Latin America, had the biggest population of slaves for several reasons, the main one being the vast quantities of natural resources that were being extracted from Brazil's terrain. Brazil was the last country in the Americas to abolish slavery (in 1888).

24. The United Fruit Company had its roots in what enterprise?

From Quiz An Episode in the Life of a Banana Republic

Answer: A railroad company in Costa Rica

Almost all banana republics owe their status to the arrival of the railroad. Costa Rica is just one example demonstrating a sequence of events that happened very similarly in Guatemala, Honduras, Panama and Colombia. Minor C. Keith was the son of a lumber merchant and owner of a Texas cattle ranch when in 1871 he accepted his uncle's invitation to help build a railroad in Costa Rica. The government needed one to transport coffee from the central highlands to the Caribbean coast. With immense difficulties, it was built, but the government couldn't pay Keith. It offered to compensate him with a 99 year lease on the railroad and giving the land along the line. To increase revenue from his railroad, Keith started planting bananas on the given land. In 1899 he merged his business with the Boston Fruit Company to form the United Fruit Company.

25. Bolivar's ideas as a child were very liberal for the times, even though he was the son of a very rich, conservative ranching man. So, who is credited with teaching Bolivar these liberal ideas?

From Quiz Bolivar: The Other Great American Revolutionary

Answer: A somewhat eccentric tutor named Simon Rodriguez

Simon Bolivar was fond of his tutor throughout his life, often seeking him out during times of uncertainty or need. In Venezuela, young Bolivar is reported to have had his first sexual encounter with his tutor's fifteen-year-old wife. They met up again in Europe, traveled together, and in Rome, Rodriguez witnessed Bolivar's oath to free Venezuela from Spanish rule. Later, Bolivar made Rodriguez Director of Public Education for Bolivia. Bolivar loved "Mama Hipolita" dearly, and she is the only non-family member to be buried in the Bolivar family crypt. Bolivar met Don Jose Maria, but thought that he was lacking the experience and courage to lead a successful rebellion. Bolivar was right, Maria was hanged on May 8, 1799 for a failed attempt of rebellion. Francisco Miranda was a 61-year-old man when Bolivar met him in England, and although they formed a bond and became involved in politics together, Bolivar had already been inculcated with his liberal ideas before they met.

26. Who overthrew the leader Salvador Allende in Chile in a coup d'etat?

From Quiz Latin American History

Answer: Augusto Pinochet

Once ruler, Pinochet ended the Chileans' rights to freedom of speech while arresting, torturing, and murdering many citizens.

27. From where did the Kalinago and Taino migrate to the Caribbean?

From Quiz Taino and Kalinago

Answer: Venezuela

The Kalinago and Taino migrated to islands in the Caribbean from the Orinoco Valley in Venezuela.

28. The Lucayans referred to what island as their ancestral home?

From Quiz History of the Bahamas: Discovery

Answer: Haiti

The Spanish explorers called the island Hispaniola, however, the Lucayans refered to it as Haiti. The aboriginal people of Haiti were known as Tainos and were regarded by the Lucayans as kinsmen.

29. Which South American country celebrates Jose de San Martin, known as the Liberator and Father of his Country, as its national hero?

From Quiz Latin American Heroes

Answer: Argentina

Jose de San Martin was born in Argentina in 1778. After receiving a military education in Madrid, he returned to Buenos Aires to join the rebels involved in the crusade to liberate South American territory from Spain. In Chile, he united with rebel forces, and they went on to defeat the Spanish royalist armies. They continued on to Lima, and after ousting the Spanish there, Peru was declared independent. San Martin is often called the father of Argentina and of Peru. He was an invaluable leader in the struggle for South American independence. In Argentina, August 17th, the anniversary of his death, is a national holiday.

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