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General San Martin's Battle of Chacabuco Deoration

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During the Wars of Independence in South America, the governments adopted a practice done in Spain which was reward the troops with embroidered patches for victories or for bravery demonstrated in acts of war. Medals were reserved to officers and commanders but there was one exception.

After the victory of Chacabuco in 1817, the Provincias del Rio de la Pata government created patches for NCOs and privates, medals for officers and a special patch for the Commander in Chief.

This patch was lost after General San Martin's death, but it was perfectly depicted in San Martin's portrait done by Gil de Castro in 1817. Gil de Castro was a great painter and also a militar who was enlisted in the Andes' Army and made the Chilean campaign.

We have reproduced the patch to bring it back to life and add it to our collection.

You can see it at this link:


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