Monterey in Monterey County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Hippolyte Bouchard Monument
When the Argentine Flag Flew Over Monterey
—Cuando la bandera argentina voló sobre Monterey —
(Editor's note: The original marker has been replaced.)
Hipólito Bouchard, un comandante de la Marina al servicio de Argentina, nació cerca de St. Tropez, Francia en 1780. Después de servir en la armada de Napoleón en la guerra contra Inglaterra, se unió a la revolución contra España en América del Sur. En 1811 luchaba por la independencia de Argentina, Perú y Chile. En 1870 Bouchard lanzó una atrevida campaña naval para atacar las provincias españolas en un viaje para circunnavegar el mundo. Bloqueó el puerto de Manila, Filipinas, y atacó otros puertos españoles. Después de detenerse en Hawái para comprar suministros y contratar a 80 hombres, Bouchard zarpó con dos barcos y 360 hombres para California bajo la bandera de la Argentina liberada. El 20 de noviembre de 1818, zarpó hacia Monterey, capital de la Alta California
On November 20, 1818, in the closing years of the Spanish Era, Capitan Hippolyte Bouchard entered Monterey Bay with two ships, flying the flag of the United Provinces of the Rio de la Plata, Argentina. The next day, one ship attacked the Spanish fort from the bay and the other sailed toward Pacific Grove where it anchored and dispatched a land force to take the fort from the rear. The Spanish fled, and Monterey lay under the Argentine flag while the privateers reprovisioned their ships and burned down the town. Bouchard sailed away on December 1, and Monterey reverted to Spanish rule for another four years until Mexico took control of the area. (Marker Number 6.)
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 36° 36.359′ Touch for map. This marker is located to the east of Corporal Ewing Road on the grounds of the Monterey Presidio. Marker was in this post office area: Monterey CA 93944, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. The Argentine Navy (here, next to this marker); El Castillo de Monterey (a few steps from this marker); El Castillo Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Here ... landed Very Rev. Father Junipero Serra (within shouting distance of this marker); Presidio of Monterey Museum (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Don Caspar de Portolá (about 600 feet away); 400th Anniversary of the Naming of Monterey Bay by Gen. Sebastián Vizcaíno (about 600 feet away); Sloat Monument (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monterey.
Also see . . . Hippolyte de Bouchard - Wikipedia. His forces occupied Monterey, California, then a Spanish colony, raising the Argentine flag there and briefly claiming a small portion of the future U.S. State of California for Argentina. After raiding Monterey, he plundered Mission San Juan Capistrano in Southern California. (Submitted on February 7, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles • Notable Events •
Credits. This page was last revised on May 30, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 7, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 415 times since then and 52 times this year. Last updated on July 8, 2013, by James King of San Miguel, California. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 30, 2018, by Alvis Hendley of San Francisco, California. 3. submitted on February 7, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. 4. submitted on May 30, 2018, by Alvis Hendley of San Francisco, California. 5. submitted on February 7, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.