Nevertheless, Ringuelet was the site of one of the most exciting armed battles of recent times.

Argentina had been governed by the National Autonomist Party (PAN), and its leader was Julio Argentino Roca. With a totally oligarchic, fraudulent mandate and with liberal-conservative ideas, they were in power until the arrival of the Radical Civic Union.

The historian Gabriel Darrigran in dialogue with infosky told that after the Park Revolution (1890), “The second revolution of the radicals begins in July 1893, where they manage to overthrow several governors. For example, San Luis, from Santa Fé and where they proclaim themselves as new authorities”.

But in that same year, they also had the most important battle in strategic terms: its objective was the Province of Buenos Aires. Who was in charge of the executive was Julio Costa, who was also part of the liberal-conservative party.

“Julio Costa, knowing what was happening and that they would come for him, had formed an oligarchy in La Plata so as not to ask for help and protection from the Nation. He did not want to because a federal intervention in the Province would mean the loss of positions in Congress and in the judiciary. recounted Gabriel Darrigran.

The revolutionary forces were approaching La Plata

And at the end of July 1893 the city was in a state of alert, the arrival of the revolutionaries was expected and therefore a possible coup d’état as had happened in other provinces in the last three years.

As the main measure, “The first thing the Governor does is interrupt communications – the telegraph and publications in the newspaper – he places cannons in strategic places and orders the railway bridge that passed through Arroyo del Gato to be dynamited”according to the historian.


And in the first weeks of august 93′when the security forces of the Province begin to see the revolutionaries commanded by Yrigoyen near the vicinity of La Plata the armed battle at Ringuelet began.

As detailed by Gabriel Darrigran, this battle “It was the only attempt to take the city”and due to this event, which took place on the outskirts of the city, left a balance of a hundred dead, which “the Governor is forced to resign and goes into exile in Uruguay”.

Then the victorious forces of the civic union they entered the city and the defeated laid down their arms in the current Plaza San Martín.


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J. A. Allen

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