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Biography of Eduardo Abaroa (1838-1879)


Bolivian Patriot, born in San Pedro de Atacama on October 13, 1838 and died in Calama in 1879. Symbol of military heroism in the service of the fatherland, Abaroa headed the civil resistance against the Chileans and fought to give his life heroically in defense of the interests of Bolivia, which has happened to the history of his country as a prototype of patriotism.

Educated with austerity in their native environment, he came to conquer a respectable position among their peers thanks to its responsibility and consistency. Friend of a modest and delivered to their work life, resigned to the invitation that was made to occupy the Sub-Prefecture of Atacama. When on February 14, 1879 the Chilean forces would occupy Antofagasta, before even declaring war, Eduardo Abaroa, along with Ladislao Cabrera, Severino Zapata and others, organized the defence bringing together one hundred and thirty-five men, who faced more than one thousand Chilean soldiers. Almost all his companions had died already and Abaroa was still defending the passage of Topater, on the Loa River, surrounded by corpses. Was famous the phrase with which responded to the invitation of surrender which the Chileans made it: "do take me? That his grandmother, surrenders carajo! "."


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