Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Chile 5 Pesos 1958-59 UNC
Front: General, statesman and liberator of Chile Bernardo O'Higgins (August 20, 1778 - October 24, 1842)
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South American independence leader, was one of the commanders – together with José de San Martín – of the military forces that freed Chile from Spanish rule in the Chilean War of Independence. Although he was the second Supreme Director of Chile (1817–23), O'Higgins was the first holder of this title to head a fully independent Chilean state. Bernardo O'Higgins was born in the Chilean city of Chillán in 1778, the illegitimate son of Ambrosio O'Higgins, Marquis of Osorno, a Spanish officer born in County Sligo in Ireland, who became governor of Chile and later viceroy of Peru. His mother was Isabel Riquelme, a prominent local lady - the daughter of Don Simón Riquelme y Goycolea, a member of the Chillán Cabildo, or council.
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