El Chacho

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Domigo Faustino Sarmiento begins to write El Chacho while residing in the United States as a representative of the Argentine government, and does so with the purpose of including it in the same volume of the 3rd edition of Facundo that will appear in New York during the last stretch of his presidential campaign.
This is a provocative and challenging text, and it is worth asking what led Sarmiento to publish in 1868 the story of Vicente Peñaloza, a general of the Nation assassinated five years earlier, defeated, prisoner and unarmed, while Colonel Sarmiento fought the montonera from the government of San Juan.
Ángel Vicente Peñaloza, better known as El Chacho Peñaloza, surrendered to Commander Ricardo Vera in Loma Blanca, a place adjacent to the town of Olta, giving him his dagger, the last weapon he had left. An hour later Irrazábal arrived and vengefully murdered him with his spear, and then had his soldiers riddle him with bullets.
Chacho’s head was cut off and nailed to the tip of a pole in Olta Square in the presence of his family. One of his ears presided for many the meetings of the “civilized” class of St. John. Victoria Romero, his wife, was forced to sweep the main square of the city of San Juan, tied with chains.
Upon hearing the news, Sarmiento wrote to President Mitre:

“I do not know what they will think of the execution of Chacho, I inspired by peaceful and honest men have applauded the measure precisely for its form, without cutting off the head of the inveterate rogue, the rabble would not have quieted down in six months.”

In Chile and on foot!
In September 1842, when the snows that accumulate during the winter on the central areta of the Andes still do not give way, a group of travelers from Chile intended to cross those white solitudes, in which valleys of snow lead to colossal granite ridges that must be climbed on foot, leaning on a staff. avoiding sinking into abysses that dig rivers running many rods underneath; and with the feet lined with skins, in order to preserve themselves from the contact of the snow that, stopping the blood, locally kills the muscles making fatal burns.
The Penitents; columns and needles of snow that form the uneven thaw, according to which the air or the Sun wound with more intensity, decorate the scene, and impregnate the passage like rubble and pieces of columns of ruins of gigantic marble palaces. The slopes that the weak heat of the Sun does not attack, offer more or less inclined planes, according to the mountain they cover, and comfortable and full of novelty descent to the traveler, who sits down is carried away by gravitation, sometimes traveling in seconds distances of thousands of rods. This is perhaps the only pleasure that allows that scene, in which the white of the landscape is only rugged by some black peaks too perpendicular for the snow to hold on its flanks, forming a contrast with the blue-dark sky of the great heights.

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