Estanislao Lopez (17861838) was a governor and caudillo of the , between 1818 and 1838, a hero of provincial federalism and an ally of Juan Manuel de Rosas.
Lopez fought in the retake of Buenos Aires from the British invasion of 1806, in the Argentine War of Independence, and then in the Argentine civil wars. Under the command of Manuel Belgrano (creator of the Argentine flag) in 1810, he was held prisoner in Montevideo.
In 1816 he led his men in an uprising against Buenos Aires, where the Buenos Aires army under General Viamonte was forced to surrender. Along with Jose Gervasio Artigas , he became a hero of this campaign. After this, in 1818, Lopez assumed the government of Santa Fe, deposing governor Mariano Vera, separating the province from Buenos Aires control, and ruling by popular consensus for twenty years. He was formally elected governor in 1 July 1818 and then indefinitely reelected.
Jose de San Martin, el Libertador
Treaty of Pilar
Constitucion de la Provincia de Santa Fe
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