War of Chilean Independence 1810-26

In the Chilean War of Independence the Patriots sought freedom from Royalist Spanish control. Local creoles fought on both sides of the conflict. The war started on 18 Sep 1810. Chile declared independence on 12 Feb 1818. The Patriots won the war on the mainland in 1821, but it wasn’t until 1826 that the Royalist troops were evicted from the Chiloé Archipelago. It took until 1844 for Spain to recognise Chilean independence.

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Patriot Cazadores a Caballo in the 1817-18 Chilean Campaign

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The various sources are inconsistent about the Argentine and Chilean Cazadores a Caballo in the 1817-18 Chilean Campaign. In a discussion on the Liberators 1810-1830 Yahoo Discussion Forum, John Fletcher expressed the opinion that all references to Argentine Cazadores a Caballo and Escolta del General were in fact the Cazadores a Caballo de la Escolta del General. Similarly references to Chilean Cazadores a Caballo, Chilean Horse Cazadores or Chilean Escort Cazadores, are the Caballeria Cazadores de la Escolta Directorial. He recommended getting two squadrons of each unit for the Chilean campaign.

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