Chilean revolutionary Bernardo O’Higgins was born in the city of Chillán on August 20, 1778. He was the illegitimate son of Ambrosio O’Higgins—a Spanish officer born in County Sligo, Ireland, who became governor of Chile and later viceroy of Peru—and Isabel Riquelme, a prominent local woman. O’Higgins would go on to play a prominent role in Chile’s independence from Spain and became the country’s second head of state in the early nineteenth century.

Chilean revolutionary Bernardo O’Higgins was born in the city of Chillán on August 20, 1778. He was the illegitimate son of Ambrosio O’Higgins—a Spanish officer born in County Sligo, Ireland, who became governor of Chile and later viceroy of Peru—and Isabel Riquelme, a prominent local woman. O’Higgins would go on to play a prominent role in Chile’s independence from Spain and became the country’s second head of state in the early nineteenth century.

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    Encontré esto en el tumblr de historia irlandesa que sigo, me cago en el huacho Riquelme, pero igual me moje entero.
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    Asesino y traidor, moriste como merecías, exiliado, perro rastrero
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    no matter what city in Chile you visit THERE WILL BE A STREET NAMED AFTER THIS GUY. It ended up being an inside joke...
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  17. cheserasarah said: Isabel Riquelme is a really awesome historical figure too!
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    Happy Birthday Bernardo O’Higgins! Every town in Chile has an O’Higgins avenue of some sort…