Edward Wall: an Irishman in the River Plate (1756-62)
Diego Téllez (Universidad de La
This paper will analyse the role of the Irish
in the River Plate, in present-day
, from the beginning of Spanish Colonisation in 1535, with
’s foundation of
, until the
Although not significant in numbers, the Irish
played an important role in colonial Argentine society.
Clerics, soldiers, doctors… they occupied different and
relevant positions before the massive arrival of Irish in
the nineteenth Century, the best well known Irish
immigration in this part of the World.
It is important to know about these precedents
and explain why Irishmen were so important for the Spanish
Monarchy in this lands in this period of History.
Particularly important is the Eighteenth Century, when Irish
like O’Reilly or O’Higgins rules Spanish colonies, and
other like Richard Wall, rules the hole monarchy.
So it will be study the role of men like Michael O’Gorman, protomédico
of His Majesty, Eduardo Wall, commandant of the Dragons of
D. Pedro de Cevallos in the campaign against the guaraníes
(1756) and in the conquest of La Colonia del Sacramento
(1762), Colonel Carlos Murphy, commissioned by the same
Cevallos to fight the Comuneros in 1766, Thomas Craig, defender against English during the 1806-07 invasions
period, Thomas Falkner, cleric in the Patagonic lands, etc.