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Abdón Calderón Garaicoa was born in 1804 to a modest, patriotic family, and naturally inherited these qualities. He was educated by an Argentine priest with the support of generous relatives. At age 16, he entered the military and ascended its ranks dramatically and quickly. Soon, he would become one of the most recognizable military figures in Ecuador’s history. In 1822 he fought heroically in the Battle of Pichincha. Here, he was shot several times and tragically died the following day.




Updated: 9 April 2008

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