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Jose Ignacio Warnes y Garcia de Zuniga was an Argentine soldier who fought in the Argentine War of Independence. Son of the mayor of the city of Buenos Aires Manuel Antonio Warnes y Durango and Ana Jacoba Garcia de Zuniga y Lizola. His sister Manuela married Jose Joaquin Prieto, president of Chile.
He was taken prisoner during the Paraguay campaign at Tacuari, and was later released rejoining the forces that later would fight in the Army of the North campaigns under general Belgrano. Warnes distinguished himself at the battles of Tucuman and Salta, when the army attempted the liberation of Upper Peru (present-day Bolivia). He also fought with distinction in the defeat at Vilcapugio and Ayohuma.
After these battles, Belgrano ordered him to command (1813) a troop to advance through the Chaco Boreal region of Gran Chaco to liberate Santa Cruz de la Sierra. Warnes was successful and assumed the government of the city. Theoretically he was bound to the authority of the province of Cochabamba, part of the United Provinces of the Rio de la Plata, but in practice he worked with absolute independence.
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