The treasures left by the battle of the Vuelta de Obligado – Notes – Viva la Radio

The battle of the Vuelta de Obligado is one of the war events of the Paraná War that occurred between 1845 and 1846. At that historical moment an alliance between England and France wanted to impose free navigation on the country’s rivers.

Mariano Ramos, director of the archeology team at the National University of Luján, in dialogue with Chain 3provided details of what that battle meant in the history for which National Sovereignty Day is celebrated today and the value of the elements found in that place.

“The Alliance wanted to impose trade with blood and fire, Argentina wanted to mark a limit and they set up a barrier composed of three thick chains supported by 24 good-sized ships to interrupt the passage in the Paraná and four cannon batteries with their artillerymen in the ravines and on the coast,” said the historian.

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All this equipment endured between eight and nine hours the passage of 11 warships guarding more than 100 merchant ships that wanted to negotiate with the provinces and Paraguay.

“It is a fact of national sovereignty, England and France were leaders not only in colonizing but also in industry,” Ramos highlighted.

The archaeologist reported that in the place they found objects of great historical value that are related to that historic moment of November 20, 1845.

“It is an archaeological site, we found vestiges of the batteries, part of the camp and an ammunition depot. Furthermore, in 2020, we found part of the chains in the Paraná River.”

The director of Archeology of the University of Luján highlighted the effort and work that went into obtaining these objects of such historical value. “We had to go five times in the middle of the pandemic to slowly remove the chain that a fisherman found by chance. Each link is 16 centimeters long and 10 centimeters wide. Part of the chain is in the Vuelta de Obligado museum north of San Pedro and the rest in the Puerto San Martín museum.”

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