Peru Battle of Angamos

Peru Battle of Angamos

October 8
The War of the Pacific (1879-1883), also known as the Saltpeter War, began when Chile and Bolivia fought for control of a portion of the Atacama Desert, which was full of valuable minerals.
On October 8, 1879, the Chilean Navy captured Peru's ironclad steam-propelled warship, the Huáscar, and killed the captain, Admiral Miguel Grau. After this battle, the Peruvians lost their momentum against the Chilean forces. Chile gained control over the seas and was thus able to invade Peru and Bolivia.
October 8 is a national holiday in Peru. This day is set aside to remember the lost Battle of Angamos. On this day, military and civil parades are held, and celebrations are held to honor the heroic deeds of Admiral Miguel Grau and his role in the Battle of Angamos.
CONTACTS:
Embassy of the United States
Avenida La Encalada cdra. 17 s/n
Lima 33 Peru
lima.usembassy.gov