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Bernardo O'Higgins (1778–1842) by C. Turner, pubd 1829 (after unknown artist) © National Portrait Gallery, London


O'Higgins, Bernardo (1778–1842), army officer and supreme director of Chile, was born Bernardo Riquelme at Chillán, Chile, on 20 August 1778, the illegitimate son of María Isabel Riquelme de la Barrera y Meza (c.1758–1839), the teenage daughter of a landowner, and ...