Manuel Garcia Banqueda
General Manuel Garcia Banqueda was a Chilean military and political figure.
Garcia Banqueda was born in Santiago, the son of Antonio Garcia, Lieutenant in the "Dragones de la Reina" (''Queen's Dragoons'') and of Juana Banqueda. In 1817 (at the age of 12), he became a cadet in the recently formed Military Academy, created by Bernardo O'Higgins that year. He fought participated in the Battle of Maipu, during the Chilean War of Independence. He also participated in participated in the Valdivia and Chiloe campaigns of 1825 and 1826. He married Dolores Carmona Fonseca, and they had several children.
Garcia Banqueda was promoted to captain in 1824, and participated in the Occupation of the Araucania during the later stages of the Arauco War, against the Araucanian bands of Mariluan. He was also present at the capture of the Roquecura castle and the battle of Bellavista. In 1828, he campaigned against the Pincheira brothers. During the War of the Confederation he fought at the battles of Portada de Guias (1838), Chiquian, Buin, Yungay (1839), and in the capture of Lima. He was promoted to Colonel on the field of Yungay as a reward for his bravery.
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