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Pascual Ruiz Huidobro

Pascual Ruiz Huidobro , Spanish soldier in the Viceroyalty of the Rio de la Plata, who fought against the British invasions of the Rio de la Plata as Governor of Montevideo.

Ruiz Huidobro had a long naval service career in the Spanish Navy, in Cadiz and other locations. He arrived in the Rio de la Plata with the Viceroy Ceballos expedition in 1777. After serving in different posts in Spanish America, he reached the post of Teniente General de Marina (Navy Lieutenant General). In 1803 he was named civil and military Governor of Montevideo and commander of the local navy fleet. The next year, with new Viceroy Sobremonte, he was named chief troop inspector of the viceroyalty, that is to say second in military command after the viceroy.

Ruiz Huidobro organized an expedition to retake Buenos Aires, but just as he was ready to leave, captain Liniers arrived with fresh information of the local resistance that was being formed, and he was given command of the troops. Liniers fought with Montevideo's troops and the local resistance and retook the city putting an end to the first invasion of 1806.

Related websites

Britanica-Salvat Online Encyclopedia

Buenos Aires Province, Argentina - Government History pages

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