Saturday, March 20, 2004

Ayacucho, Battle Of

(Dec. 9, 1824), in the Latin-American wars of independence, revolutionary victory over royalists on the high plateau near Ayacucho, Peru. It freed Peru and ensured the independence of the nascent South American republics from Spain. The revolutionary forces, numbering about 6,000 men - among them Venezuelans, Colombians, Argentines, and Chileans, as well as Peruvians - were under the

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