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Luis Florentino Carrera Verdugo

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Ethnic origin: White

Biographical details

He was born in 1791, the youngest brother of Javiera Carrera, Juan José Carrera and José Miguel Carrera. He became a colonel in the Chilean independence army.

In 1814, after the battle of Rancagua, he fled Chile, crossing the Andes with men, women and children, many of whom travelled on foot: "the hardships and sufferings they had to undergo are not to be described". (Sutcliffe, 110.) He is listed among the exiles in Cuyo. (Guerro Lira, 297-299)

He went to the United States, returning in 1817 with some arms. But he found that his brothers were out of favour in Chile and the three were not allowed to join the Chilean independence army . Under suspicion, José Miguel was imprisoned in a brig at Buenos Aires. Luis and Juan José fled for Chile, but were captured and imprisoned in Mendoza in 1817 by Monteagudo, and were executed on 8 April 1819. (Sutcliffe, 317-319.)

Clissold describes him as "hot-tempered, high-spirited and impulsive, devoted to his sister and to José Miguel". He fought and killed Juan Mackenna in a duel in Buenos Aires (in 1814?) after going there to protest about his brothers´ detention in San Luis. After hearing that they would be executed, after expressing his "incredulity, horror and outrage", Luis accepted his sentence with "an almost mystic resignation". (Clissold, 93, 136, 168)

On 24 March 1828, Manuel Magellanes awarded a Premio Posturno to the three Carrera brothers. (National Museum, Santiago)

Life Events

Born 1791
Other 1814He killed Juan Mackenna in a duel in Buenos Aires.
Other 1817He returned to Buenos Aires from exile in the United States
Died 1819He was executed in Mendoza on 8 April 1819.
Other 1828He was awarded a Premio Postumo by Manuel Magellanes on 24 March 1828.


Sutcliffe, Thomas, (1841), Sixteen Years in Chile and Peru, From 1822 to 1839

Grez, Vicente, (1966), Las mujeres de la independencia

Guerrero Lira, Cristian, (2002), La contrarevolución de la independencia en Chile

Clissold, Stephen, (1968), Bernardo O'Higgins and the Independence of Chile

Davies, Catherine, Brewster, Claire and Owen, Hilary, (2006), South American Independence. Gender, Politics, Text


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