Jose Joaquin Prieto
Jose Joaquin Prieto Vial was a Chilean military and political figure. He was twice President of Chile between 1831 and 1841. Jose Joaquin Prieto was of Spanish and Basque descent.
Prieto was one of five sons of a Creole officer in Concepcion. After finishing school, he joined the cavalry garrison in his home town. In 1810, he joined the Chilean fight for independence against his father's will. He met Manuela Warnes Garcia de Zuniga in Buenos Aires and married her in 1812. During the Chilean War of Independence, he served as a captain. In the dispute between Bernardo O'Higgins and Jose Miguel Carrera, he took the side of O'Higgins, who then made him Quartermaster general of the southern army.
After the defeat in the Battle of Rancagua, which he wasn't a part of, Prieto fled to Mendoza, Argentina to build up the Liberation Army of the Andes. After the victory of the Chileans in the battle of Chacabuco in 1817, in which he also wasn't involved, he was appointed Commanding General of Santiago, where he dealt with defense strategies and ballistic matters. Then, he turned his attention to Peru, in order to support its fight for independence.
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