Amid pageantry Buenos Aires celebrated May 21 San Martin's Day - named after the creole General who led the country to independence 150 years ago.
Amid pageantry Buenos Aires celebrated May 21 San Martin's Day - named after the creole General who led the country to independence 150 years ago. Soldiers in uniforms of the San Martin period, infantry and cavalry of the San Martin Grenadiers - watched by diplomats and foreign delegations - paid tribute with flowers at the hero's memorial in San Martin Square.
San Martin's horse grenadiers are a revered name among Argentinians in liberating Spanish-held territory in South America. In the decade following 1810, disputes among the creoles would have enabled Spain to re-establish herself in Argentina but for the singular steadfastness of the creole General - a former colonel in the Spanish Army.
Convinced that no colony could be free until the Spaniards had been driven out of Bolivia and Peru, he set himself to drill an army to invade Chile. With 4,000 horse grenadiers he took his men and artillery over the high passes of the Andes 1817 and put an end to Spanish power in Chile. Transporting his army to Peru, he joined Simon Bolivar and put an end to Spanish rule on the South American continent.
Argentine's 150th anniversary against Spanish rule followed San Martin's Day by four days - May 25.