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Juan Pascual Pringles

Juan Pascual Pringles (17951831) was a distinguished military leader in the Spanish American wars of independence, with the rank of colonel, and later a leader of the Argentine Unitarian Party.

Pringles was born in San Luis, Argentina on May 17, 1795. From 1811 until 1814 he worked in Mendoza before joining a militia in 1815. In 1820 he departed for Peru as part of an expeditionary force of liberators and on arrival fought in many major battles, including the Battle of Junin and the Battle of Ayacucho. In 1829 he returned to Buenos Aires, and was soon drawn into the internal political battles embroiling Argentina.

Today, the main square of the provincial capital of San Luis bears the name Plaza Pringles in his honor, and also features an equestrian statue of him. A small square in the centre of Rosario is also called Plaza Pringles.

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