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Rear Admiral GARCÍA y García, Aurelio

Rear Admiral

GARCÍA y García
Aurelio

He was born in Lima on November 28, 1834, with his parents José Antonio García y Gonzáles and Josefa García Urrutia. He was married to Teresa Lastres and Riglos.

After completing his studies in the Convictory of San Carlos, he entered the Naval Military Institute, where he graduated as Guardiamarina in 1852. He was part of the first crew of the steam "Tumbes", in which he traveled from London to Callao in 1855. To The following year he applied for and obtained license to sail merchant ships, on board of which he carried out various voyages, both along the coast and to foreign ports. The experience he then acquired in the national coasts would allow him to elaborate his well-known "Delrotero de la Costa del Peru", published in 1862.

In early 1864 he was commissioned to England to direct the construction of the frigate "Independence". In his long voyage to Callao, the ship at his command captured three Spanish ships, within the framework of the war that at that time supported our country with Spain.

In 1872, after having had the command of the "Independence" until two more times, he received the important commission of representing Peru before the courts of Japan and China, in the capacity of plenipotentiary minister. It achieved beneficial treaties with both nations, after arduous rounds of negotiations. On his return to the country he was appointed Minister of Government and Public Works, later he was elected senator by Ayacucho.

When the war broke out with Chile, it took part in the first action of the war against Punta Chipana, 12 of April of 1879, to the control of the Second Naval Division, constituted by the corvette "Union" and the gunship Pilcomayo. On October 8, 1879, in front of Punta Angamos, he fulfilled his duty and the orders given by Rear Admiral Grau, saving his ship from certain destruction due to the undeniable disadvantage in which it was in relation to the Chilean armor.

From 1880, during the terrestrial campaign, participated in the defense of the port of Callao, as in charge of the fort Santa Rosa. After the fall of Lima in the power of the enemy, it happened to the sierra to continue rendering its services to the country, being named representative before the government of Bolivia, already with the high degree of Rear admiral. He died on board the "Santa Rosa" transport, in the port of Callao, on June 25, 1888.