Uno de los personajes historicos que realice para "Heroes: La gloria tiene su precio", una edicion conmemorativa por el tema bicentenario y enlazada con la serie de peliculas para tv homonima de canal 13.
a diferencia de la version del 13, ilustrariamos algunos personajes peruanos, bolivianos, argentinos gravitantes durante esos años que no aparecian en las peliculas...como editor no me interesaba caer en revivir nacionalismos ni mucho menos, una de las cosas bonitas que tiene la franquicia es la fantasia y en como los hombres, hechos leyenda traspasan las barreras del tiempo y los paises, no es necesario ser de un pais para no sentir cierto asombro por una leyenda, por lo que siempre intentamos tratarla con respeto... heroes, hombres valientes hubo en todos los frentes.
En mi caso, soy de nacionalidad chileno, pero siento gran admiracion por el Almirante peruano Miguel Grau, en su vida y obra, por lo que me senti feliz muy de realizar esta ilustracion de uno de los grandes personajes del pueblo Peruano, una de las grandes figuras de la guerra del pacifico y de la historia sudamericana, un verdadero Caballero de los Mares. ojala los Latinoamericanos dejaramos un poco los nacionalismos y abrieramos los ojos al sueño bolivariano, no es imposible.
disculpenme el momento de honesta sensibleria
hi another draw for myths & legends TCG... This is based in Miguel Grau, a famous peruvian hero... sorry for the long non english speach, but is too extensive to translate
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Miguel María Grau Seminario (Paita, Peru, 27 July 1834 – Punta Angamos, Bolivia, 8 October 1879) was a renowned Peruvian naval officer and hero of the Naval Battle of Angamos during the War of the Pacific (1879–1884). He was known as the el Caballero de los Mares (Spanish for "Gentleman of the Seas") for his chivalry and is esteemed by both Peruvians and Chileans. He is an iconic figure for the Peruvian Navy, and one of the most famous merchant marine and naval military leaders of America.
When the War of the Pacific against Chile began on 5 April 1879, Miguel Grau was aboard the Huáscar, as its captain and the Commander of the Navy. Capitán Grau played an important role by interdicting Chilean lines of communication and supply, damaging, capturing or destroying several enemy vessels, and bombarding port installations. Grau's Huáscar became famed for moving stealthily, striking by surprise and then disappearing. These actions put off a Chilean invasion by sea for six months, and as a result he was promoted to Rear Admiral. At the Battle of Iquique, after Huáscar sank the Chilean corvette Esmeralda by ramming her, Grau ordered the rescue of the surviving crew from the waters. Grau also wrote condolences to the widow of his opponent Arturo Prat, returning his sword and personal effects.
Letter to Carmela Carvajal de Prat (Prat's widow)
I have a sacred duty that authorizes me to write you, despite knowing that this letter will deepen your profound pain, by reminding you of recent battles.
During the naval combat that took place in the waters of Iquique, between the Chilean and Peruvian ships, on the 21st day of the last month, your worthy and valiant husband Captain Mr. Arturo Prat, Commander of the Esmeralda, was, like you would not ignore any longer, victim of his reckless valor in defense and glory of his country’s flag.
While sincerely deploring this unfortunate event and sharing your sorrow, I comply with the sad duty of sending you some of his belongings, invaluable for you, which I list at the end of this letter. Undoubtedly, they will serve of small consolation in the middle of your misfortune, and I have hurried in remitting them to you.
Reiterating my feelings of condolence, I take the opportunity of offering you my services, considerations and respects and I render myself at your disposal.
(Signed) Cpt. Miguel Grau"
At the port of Antofagasta, after sneaking up on an enemy ship the Matias Cousiño, he courteously asked the crew to abandon ship before opening fire. As her captain Castleton was abandoning the ship, the Chileans capital ships Blanco Encalada and Almirante Cocharane showed up, forcing Grau to abandon his prey and, after seriously disabling the Matias Cousiño, escaped by passing in between the Chilean ironclads rendering them in an unfavourable position to pursuit. These and other gestures earned him the nickname of El Caballero de los Mares ("Gentleman of the Seas") from his Chilean opponents, acknowledging an extraordinary sense of chivalry and his gentlemanly behaviour, combined with his highly-efficient and brave combat career. Grau was also a determining factor in capturing the steamer Rimac. Rimac was being chased by the wooden frigate Union under command of Garcia y Garcia. When Huascar appeared and fired her twins cannons, Rimac quickly lowered her flag. The cavalry regiment Carabineros de Yungay's commander was captured with the ship. This was a major blow for the Chilean Government, and the then Commander of the Chilean Navy resigned his position.
Almirante Grau was killed by an armor-piercing shell during the Naval Battle of Angamos on 8 October 1879. Huáscar was captured by the Chileans after incurring severe casualties in the close-range artillery duel. Although most of Grau's body was not recovered, his remains were buried with military honours in Chile, which were returned to Peru in 1958. For many years after his death, his name was called in a ceremonial roll-call of the Peruvian Navy. His final resting place lies at the Escuela Militar Naval del Peru, in El Callao in an underground mausoleum. He posthumously received the rank of Gran Almirante del Perú (Grand Admiral of Peru) in 1967 by order of the Peruvian Congress. A portrait of Almirante Grau is on display in the museum ship Huáscar.
In the year 2000, Miguel Grau was recognized as the "Peruvian of the Millennium" by popular vote.