eduardo abaroa

For those of you unfamiliar with Colonel Eduardo Abaroa Hidalgo, picture Tony Montana from Scarface dressed like a Johnny Depp character. Abaroa was a Bolivian superhero during the War of the Pacific between Chile, Bolivia, and Peru. After a standoff with Chile at the Battle of Topater…he was out of ammo and nearly dead, but still refused to give up the fight. Abaroa [told the Chileans], “Surrender? Your grandmother should surrender, you bastard!” And no, that phrase isn’t gaining something in translation. Even in Spanish, it means exactly what you think. Abaroa was surrounded and facing certain death, and with his last words he screamed, “Your mother!”

THE AFTERMATH: He died a martyr to his country and was commemorated with federal buildings, a national holiday and some seriously inappropriate stamps to put on your letters to grandma.

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