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About Battle of Las Piedras
May 18 of every year is The Battle of Las Piedras in Uruguay. It is a public holiday for Uruguay. The Battle of Las Piedras day on May 18th remembers the history of Uruguayan leader Jose Artigas leading patriot forces to victory against Spain. According to the history The Battle of Las Piedras was a significant step towards Independence for Uruguay. The Battle of Las Piedras was fought on May 18, 1811. The May Revolution had forced the Spanish to abandon Buenos Aires in 1810. Spain moved the headquarters to Montevideo. At April 1811 José Artigas returned to his country with approximately 180 men provided by Buenos Aires. He issued the Mercedes Proclamation in April 11. The Governor of Montevideo and new viceroy of Río de la Plata, Francisco Javier de Elío, appointed frigate-captain José Posadas. Posadas installed his HQ at San Isidro Labrador de Las Piedras. The battle was fought on May 18. José Posadas defeated and captured. It was at this occasion that Artigas pronounced his famous sentence "Clemencia para los vencidos" means Mercy on the vanquished referring to prisoners and wounded soldiers of Spain. The day of the battle May 18 is now an official holiday in Uruguay. The Battle of Las Piedras is celebrated in Uruguay as a public holiday. This battle was a significant step towards Independence for Uruguay.
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