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RODRIGUEZ, Manuel, Chilian patriot, born in Santiago in 1786; died in Tiltil, 26 May, 1818. In 1811 he began to take part in the struggle for independence, and during the government of General Carrera in 1814 he served as secretary of the latter. After the disaster of Rancagua fie emigrated to the Argentine, and was secretly sent to Chili to foment the revolution there. The province of Colchagua was the centre of his operations, and the Spanish government vainly tried to surprise him, offering large rewards for his capture. After the triumph of San Martin in Chacabuco, Rodriguez continued to serve the cause of the republic till the defeat of Cancha Rayada, when he proclaimed himself chief of Santiago. The reorganized forces obtained the victory of Maypu, in which Rodri-guez took part as chief of the Husares de la Muerte. The other chiefs, especially O'Higgins, began to be jealous of the popularity of Rodriguez, and, in order to remove him, he was offered the mission to the United States. On his refusal his death was decreed by the Lautaro secret society, and soon afterward he was imprisoned and sent to Quillota, to be tried by a court-martial. He was delivered to an officer, Navarro, who on the road ordered him to be shot without any trial. On the place of his execution a granite column has been erected, which was dedicated on 26 May, 1863.
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