Sunday, August 12, 2007

This is for Sam

Since I went to Chile, Sam has been quite amused by the fact that the Libertador of Chile was an Irishman. Bernardo himself wasn't born in Ireland, but his father was born in Sligo:

Ambrosio O'Higgins left Ireland just after Cromwell began opressing the island. Because he was a Catholic, the Spanish allowed him to emigrate to Spanish America. Bernardo was the illegitimate son of Ambrosio and a Spanish noblewoman. He was educated in London before he returned to Chile to lead the revolt against Spain.

Bernardo and Ambrosio may or may not be related to the family of Irish politicians. The most famous member of that family is Kevin, who was a member of the newly created Irish government after the revolt from England, and was ultimate assasinated by the IRA for his support for the Anglo-Irish Treaty.

The person most famously associated with Sligo is William Yeats.

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Anonymous amber said...

Completely unrelated!

Thank you for the very lovely note! It was tres exciting to get friendly mail in San Francisco, and your words were ever so kindly and uplifting.

I love you both and am glad you're doing well in your new home!

August 14, 2007 at 9:12 PM  

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