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Bernardo O'Higgins Statue, Richmond, London. | by Jim Linwood
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Bernardo O'Higgins Statue, Richmond, London.

Bernardo O'Higgins Riquelme (August 20, 1778 – October 24, 1842), South American independence leader, was one of the commanders – together with José de San Martín – of the military forces that freed Chile from Spanish rule in the Chilean War of Independence. Although he was the third Supreme Director of Chile (1817–23), O'Higgins was the first holder of this title to head a fully independent Chilean state.


The statue of O'Higgins in Richmond, in south-west London in a square named after him, O'Higgins Square, and a blue plaque was erected in his honour at Clarence House in Richmond, the house at 2 The Vineyard in which he lived while studying in London.

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Taken on January 9, 2008