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Carlos Maria de Alvear

Carlos Maria de Alvear was an Argentine soldier and statesman, Supreme Director of the United Provinces of the Rio de la Plata in 1815.

He was born in the northern part of the Viceroyalty of the River Plate to a Spanish nobleman father, Diego de Alvear, and a criollo mother, Maria Balbastro and baptised Carlos Antonio del Santo Angel Guardian. His birthplace Santo Angel was, at that time, part of Misiones Province, but currently belongs to the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul.

While travelling in Spain, Alvear's brothers and mother died in an incident that took place on October 5, 1804, when English frigates opened fire on the Spanish ship that was transporting them. This incident was a preamble to the Battle of Trafalgar and the consequent war between both countries. The English took Alvear and his father, together with other survivors, as prisoners to England, where Diego de Alvear would later marry an Irish woman.

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Alvear's letter to San Martin while in exile

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