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Juan MacKenna

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Gender: M
Ethnic origin: White

Biographical details

He is said to have attended Luisa Recabarren's tertulias. (Grez, 63)

Born in Ireland, he entered the Spanish service and sailed to Chile to serve under governor Ambrosio O'Higgins. . He became a great friends and mentor of Bernardo O'Higgins. He was a general in the independence army and hero of the battle of Membrillar. He married into the Larraín family. He became governor of Valparaíso. In 1811 he was arrested by José Miguel Carrera along with other members of the Larraín clan, charged with plotting against the Carreras. He was released, and exiled to Mendoza where he met San Martín and gained his support against the Carreras. Juan José and Luis Carrera both tried to provoke him into fighting a duel; Luis succeeded in Buenos Aires 1814, killing Mackenna. (Clissard, 21, 63, 93, 95, 115-116, 131, 136, 195)

Life Events

Other 1811He was governor of Valparaíso.
Died 1814He was killed in a duel with Luis Carrera outside Buenos Aires on 21 November 1814.
Died 1814He was killed in a duel with Luis Carrera.


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

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


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