Guillermo (William or Liam) Brown (1777 - 1857) was an Irishman acknowledged as the “father of the Argentine Navy.” That’s right, an Irishman founded the Argentine Navy. The Argentine Navy Destroyer, Almirante Brown, is named for him.
I knew about Brown through a number of different sources, before my trip to Argentina. I learned that Brown was born in Foxford, County Mayo, Ireland. He first emigrated, as a child, to Philadelphia. He later led an adventurous sea faring life, ultimately ending up in Argentina. He distinguished himself in some of Argentina’s naval engagements, ultimately becoming the first admiral of Argentina’s maritime forces.
A recent tour took my wife, Jo, and I to Argentina. The tour guide took us to the grave of Eva “Evita” Peron (”Don’t Cry for me Argentina”) at Cementerio de la Recoleta in Buenos Aires. As I was leaving the cemetery, I noticed the tall green marble pillar that marked Brown’s grave. You can learn more about Brown by visiting the Wikipedia entry dedicated to him.
So there you have it. It interested me. Besides, I did more than ride horses and river rafting during my South American odyssey.
Take good care of yourselves.