In the collective memory of Argentina the history of Argentine black people is erased completely. "Black people do not exist in Argentina," said former Argentine President Carlos Menem. But huge numbers of black soldiers fought in every independence war of the country. In the Argentine film “Revolución - El cruce de Los Andes” (2010), which follows the life of Argentine hero General José de San Martín, their contribution is highlighted. The film premiered during the bicentennial of Argentina.
The video shows some of the bloody scenes of The Battle of Chacabucoin in 1817
Revolución: El cruce de los Andes (Revolution: The Crossing of the Andes) is a Argentine historical epic film about the famous battle of The Army of the Andes (Ejército de los Andes) of Argentine general José de San Martín. In his campaign to free Chile from the Spanish Empire he crossed the Andes Mountains in 1817 from Argentine to Chile to attack the Spanish. He won the battle with an army consisted of Argentinians and Chileans. Interesting detail is that blacks/Africans made up 2/3 of the Army and that most of them were slaves and freedmen. Slavery was abolished in 1853.
|Black soldiers in Paraguayan War|
|Sergant Blanco, played by Alberto Morle, plays chess with General Jose de San Martin|
In 2011 200 climbers from 30 countries from Africa, Europe, Asia and America crossed the Andes to commemorate the black soldiers who participated in the liberation campaign of General Jose de San Martin. Next climb will be 2013
Official website of film Revolución: El cruce de los Andes: http://revolucionlapelicula.com/
Also check the link of the black Argentine soldier Antonio Ruiz (Falucho)
Afro-Argentines - Still the people in the land of the vanishing Blacks?