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Notes on the Geography of Argentina: From Boca to the Torre: Photo 40

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Juan Galo Lavalle (1797-1841), sculpted here by Pietro Costa, had reason to be philosophical. During the country's interminable civil war, he in 1828 had ordered the execution of Plaza Dorrego's namesake, Manuel Dorrego. A dozen years later, Lavalle was killed by a lucky shot from the same opposing force that Dorrego had supported. Worried that the enemy might mutilate the body, Lavalle's men carried it to Bolivia and boiled it to save the skeleton, which in due course was buried in the Recoleta cemetery. So was Dorrego's.

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