Juan Jose Latorre
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Juan Jose Latorre Benavente Chilean Vice Admiral, one of the principal actors of the War of the Pacific, and hero of the Battle of Angamos.
Son of Elias Latorre and of Nicomedia Benavente, the oldest of eight brothers. After the early death of his father, three of his younger brothers were taken by the paternal family in Peru, where they were raised. Later on, one of the brothers participated also in the War of the Pacific, but on the Peruvian side.
While in command of the Magallanes, he was the first to come face to face with the Peruvian navy at the Naval Battle de Chipana. On April 12, 1879, he crossed paths with the Peruvian ships Union and Pilcomayo, who tried to capture it. Outgunned, Latorre decided to escape. During the ensuing persecution, he noticed that the speed of the two Peruvian ships was greatly different, and that the Pilcomayo was falling considerably behind.
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