On This Day In Latino History: Jose de la Mar Becomes Peru’s President

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    In celebration of the upcoming Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re looking back at some notable moments in Latino history.

    Today: Jose de la Mar becomes Peru’s president. He was born in Cuenca in what today is Ecuador. He spent his early childhood in Spain, where he started his military career as a sub-lieutenant in the regiment of Saboya. In 1815, Ferdinand VII promoted him to Brigadier, awarded him the Saint Hermenegildo’s Cross and appointed him Sub-Inspector of the Viceroyalty of Peru, with the title of Governor of Callao. He arrived at the city in 1816. In 1819, he was promoted to Field Marshal. He was removed from the presidency of Peru by a coup d’état led by General Agustín Gamarra and died in forced exile in Costa Rica.

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