“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Cobán in Municipality of Cobán, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala

Coronel Antonio José Irisarri

Coronel Antonio José Irisarri Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ariel Batres, 2004
1. Coronel Antonio José Irisarri Marker

Loor al insigne patriota
Don Antonio Jose de Irisarri
Guatemala, 7 de febrero de 1781
New York Estados Unidos 10 de junio 1868
Repatriado en junio de 1968
Coban Alta Verapaz

English translation:
Tribute to the illustrious patriot
Coronel Antonio José de Irisarri
Born in Guatemala City, February 7, 1781
Died in New York, United States, June 10, 1868
Repatriated in June 1968
Cobán, Alta Verapaz

Location. 15° 28.785′ N, 90° 24.136′ W. Marker is in Cobán, Alta Verapaz, in Municipality of Cobán. Touch for map. The marker and bust are located at the CREOMPAZ military base, the Comando Regional de Entrenamiento de Operaciones de Paz (Regional Command Center for Peace Operations Training). This is an active military base and access is controlled.

The base originally held the headquarters for artillery training and was named after Irisarri due to his reknown in the area of artillery. Marker is in this post office area: Cobán, Alta Verapaz 16001, Guatemala.
Regarding Coronel Antonio José Irisarri.
Coronel Antonio José Irisarri bust and marker image. Click for full size.
By Ariel Batres, 2004
2. Coronel Antonio José Irisarri bust and marker
The bust appears to be a copy of the bust of Irisarri by Rodolfo Galeotti located on Avenida Reforma of Guatemala City.
Antonio José de Irisarri Alonso (Guatemala City, February 7, 1786 – New York City, June 10, 1868) was a Guatemalan statesman, journalist, and politician. His tumultuous life is a reflection of the independence movement in Central and South America.
Born in Guatemala City, he studied there and in Europe, from whence he was recalled back to Guatemala after the death of his father in 1805. In 1809 he visited Chile, and having married Mercedes Trucíos y Larraín, an heiress there, took up his residence in that country and joined with enthusiasm the movement for Chilean independence in 1810. He had important public offices during the struggle, including the command of the National Guard and the civil and military government of the province of Santiago. From March 7-14, 1814, he was temporarily the leader of the nation.

In 1818 he was appointed Minister of Government and Foreign Affairs by Bernardo O'Higgins, and in October of the same year he went to Buenos Aires as minister. At the end of 1819 he was sent to Europe to negotiate the recognition of Chilean Independence by England and France (which he was not able to obtain.) He returned to Guatemala in 1828 and was named Minister of War and was put in charge of troop training. While fighting against El Salvador and Honduras he was captured and escaped back to Guatemala. He continued to represent Chile, and in 1837 was named Ambassador to Peru and private adviser to Admiral Manuel Blanco during the War of the Confederation. After the Chilean army was forced to sign the Treaty of Paucarpata on November 17, 1837, he was tried in absentia for high treason, and sentenced to death. Irisarri wisely never returned to Chile. He returned again to Guatemala.

He was minister of Guatemala and El Salvador to Ecuador from 1839 until 1845, and in 1846-1848 to Colombia. In 1850 he was sent as Ambassador to the United States, where he resided until his death. Irisarri continued his literary work in the United States, and was generally esteemed for his knowledge, genial character, and polished manners. He died in Brooklyn, New York, on June 10, 1868. Adapted from Wikipedia

Interestingly, Irisarri was also a prolific writer in many forms, including news stories, letters, novels, short stories and others. His most famous novel is Cristiano Errante (The Errant Christian) from 1846, which is considered semi-autobiographical. He enjoyed playing with the Spanish language, even going as far as writing short stories with only one vowel, for example "Amar hasta fracasar" (Love until failure), using only the letter 'a'.
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 6, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 97 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 6, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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