Friday, August 22, 2008

Admiral Brown

Yesterday evening, the waiter in my favorite local restaurant was anxious to tell me all about Admiral Brown, the famous Argentine patriot who was born in Ireland. As usual, my ignorance was shocking. So here, as an antidote to your possible ignorance, is a section from the Wikipedia entry on the mariner in question:

Admiral William Brown* (also known in Spanish as: Guillermo Brown) was born in Foxford, County Mayo, Ireland on June 22, 1777 and died in Buenos Aires, Argentina on March 3, 1857. Brown's victories in the Independence War, the Argentina-Brazil War, and the Guerra Grande in Uruguay earned the respect and appreciation of the Argentine people, and today he is regarded as one of Argentina's national heroes. Creator and first admiral of the country's maritime forces, he is commonly known as the "father of the Argentine Navy". Over 1200 streets, throughout Argentina, are named for him.

See, this blog aims not only to entertain, but to inform and to educate as well.

*: not to be confused with the fictional Richmal Crompton character "Just William".

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