Barranca Yaco

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Death of Facundo Quiroga at Barranca Yaco.

Barranca de Yaco or Barranca Yaco (from the Spanish barranca (gully) and the Quechua yaku (water))[1] is a geographical feature along the ancient camino real (royal road) of the Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata,[2] located between Villa Tulumba and Sinsacate, in the province of Córdoba, Argentina.[3]

The place is famous because General Juan Facundo Quiroga, Governor and caudillo of La Rioja, was assassinated there by a party led by Santos Pérez, on 16 February 1835, during the Argentine Civil Wars.[4] Santos Pérez along with the former Governor of Córdoba José Vicente Reinafé and two of his brothers were judged and hanged for this crime at Buenos Aires in 1837.[5] Since 2009 there is a memorial square that remembers Quiroga and those killed with him.[6]

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  1. ^ Zárate, Armando (1985). Facundo Quiroga, Barranca Yaco: juicios y testimonios. Colección Política e historia. Plus Ultra, p. 19 (Spanish)
  2. ^ Carrasco Quintana, Martín (2004). Como se mata a un caudillo: papeles de Barranca Yaco. El Calafate, p. 88. ISBN 987-1038-01-1 (Spanish)
  3. ^ Bigongiari, Diego (1991). A Guide to highways, villages, towns and roads: Argentina. Pirelli Argentina, 81. ISBN 950-99539-0-3
  4. ^ Levene, Ricardo (1963). A history of Argentina. Russell & Russell, p. 409
  5. ^ Lynch, John (1981). Argentine dictator: Juan Manuel De Rosas, 1829-1852. Clarendon, p. 225. ISBN 0198211295
  6. ^ Inauguran asfalto y monumento en Barranca Yaco. La Voz newspaper, 14 February 2009 (Spanish)

Coordinates: 30°51′57.6″S 64°6′2.6″W / 30.866000°S 64.100722°W / -30.866000; -64.100722