Mateo Pumacahua

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Portrait now at the Museo Inka, Cuzco

Mateo García Pumacahua (September 21, 1740 – March 17, 1815) was a Peruvian revolutionary that led the Cuzco Rebellion of 1814 in the War of Independence.


Pumacahua was the cacique of Chinchero, brigadier of the militia of the Viceroyalty of Peru, and interim president of the Audiencia of Cuzco. Pumacahua was a member of the Inca nobility of Ayarmaca descent,[1] who also has some Spanish ancestry.[2] Pumacahua helped defeat the rebel army of Túpac Amaru II in 1781, an event depicted in a mural at the church of Chinchero.

Three decades later, despite being in his seventies, Pumacahua led indigenous militias in the expeditions viceroy José Fernando de Abascal sent against the junta of La Paz in Upper Peru during 1811. Win the battle of Guaqui as coronel of royal Army. Nevertheless, he joined an insurrection of central and southern of viceroyalty of Perú (Cuzco, Huamanga, Arequipa and Puno) and start on Cuzco on August 3, 1814, demanding the full implementation of the Spanish Constitution of 1812 in Peru. Pumacahua was appointed a member a governing junta. Pumacahua led an army which occupied Arequipa on November 10. On November 30, Pumacahua's army retreated from Arequipa to the Cuzco and Puno regions. On March 11, 1815, Pumacahua and his troops were defeated at battle of Umachiri. He was captured and executed in May by the royal army.[3]

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  1. ^ Cahill, David Patrick; Blanca Tovías (2006). New World, First Nations: Native Peoples of Mesoamerica and the Andes Under Colonial Rule. Sussex Academic Press. p. 186. ISBN 1-903900-63-8. 
  2. ^ Nicholson, Irene (1969). The Liberators: A Study of Independence Movements in Spanish America. Praeger. p. 137. 
  3. ^ Lynch, John (1986). The Spanish American Revolutions 1808-1826 (2 ed.). London: W. W. Norton & Company. pp. 165–170. ISBN 0-393-95537-0. 

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