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Andrés Avelino Cáceres

Cáceres, Andrés Avelino (ändrāsˈ ävālēˈnō käˈsārās) [key], 1836?–1923, president of Peru (1886–90, 1894). He was a commander in the war with Chile (see Pacific, War of the) and continued to wage guerrilla warfare long after Peru had been conquered. Bitterly opposed to the peace made by the government of Miguel Iglesias, Cáceres attempted to seize control in 1884, but failed. Gathering more troops, he entered Lima in 1885 and forced Iglesias to hold an election. Cáceres was chosen president. In 1894 his party forced congress to elect him president, but Nicolás de Piérola soon overthrew the new government. Cáceres later held important diplomatic posts.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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