Army of the Andes

Army Of The Andes

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The Army of the Andes () was a military force created by the United Provinces of the Río de la Plata (Argentina) and mustered by general José de San Martín in his campaign to free Chile from the Spanish Empire. In 1817 it crossed the Andes Mountains from the Argentinian Province of Cuyo (his staging point being the current-day Province of Mendoza, Argentina), and succeeding in its objective by dislodging the Spanish from the country.

The exact number of the army varies between different sources; some have put the number as low as 3500, while others have it being as high as 6000 men. The army consisted of Argentinians and Chileans, and included some 1200 auxiliaries to help in provisioning and supply as well as a complement of artillery. The Congress of Tucumán endorsed San Martín's proposal to form an army to fight the royalists in Chile,Chasteen, 2008, “Americanos: Latin...
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