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Bernardo O'Higgins is best known for being the leader of Chilean independence from Spain and its first leader.
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Bernardo O'Higgins was born August 20, 1778 in Chillan, Chile as the illegitimate son of a colonial viceroy and a prominent Chilean woman. While studying in Europe, O'Higgins was exposed to many South American liberation leaders. When Napoleon invaded Spain, O'Higgins seized the opportunity to begin a fight for independence, which was eventually achieved.
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