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Andres Avelino Caceres

Andres Avelino Caceres Dorregaray was twice President of Peru during the 19th century, from 1886 to 1890, and again from 1894 to 1895. In Peru, he is considered a national hero for leading the resistance to Chilean occupation during the War of the Pacific (1879-1883), where he fought as a General in the Peruvian Army.

Andres Avelino Caceres was born on February 4, 1833, in the city of Ayacucho.Jorge Basadre, Historia de la Republica del Peru, Vol. VI, p. 281. His father, Domingo Caceres, was a landowner and his mother, Justa Dorregaray, a housewife. He studied at the Colegio San Ramon in his hometown.

In 1854, Caceres abandoned his studies and joined the Ayacucho Battalion as a cadet. As part of this unit, he participated in the rebellion led by General Ramon Castilla against President Jose Rufino Echenique, which ended with the victory of the former at the Battle of La Palma .

Related websites

Photos of Andres Avelino Caceres Museum in Ayacucho

Biography from Biografias y Vidas (in Spanish)

Biography from Ayacucho site (in Spanish)


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