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In the Steps of Generals José de San Martín and Bernardo O’Higgins

By January 13, 2007

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Andes Pass between Chile and Argentina Retired Soldiers to Retrace Liberators' Steps (The Santiago Times): "A group of retired soldiers, most of them in their 50s, are planning a feat that will literally have them following a trail first blazed by two of Chile’s founding fathers, Generals José de San Martín and Bernardo O’Higgins.

Starting in mid January, 18 members of Chile’s Union of Infantry Marine Commandos will begin a 385-mile trek from Plumerillos, Argentina (near Mendoza) to Las Coimas in Region V. The journey will take the group directly along a route first established by San Martín and O’Higgins, who in 1817 – accompanied by more than 4,500 soldiers – crossed the towering Andes in a marathon expedition that would prove vital in Chile’s eventual liberation from Spanish rule."

Photo of the Andes pass between Mendoza and Santiago is displayed with the kind permission of Clarence Fisk. Today this is an easy and spectacular route by car.

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