Map of the 1833 desert campaign

This column gained a partial victory over the Ranquel chief Yanquetruz.

- Martín Yanzón

Nazario Benavídez and Martín Yanzón, both later to be provincial governors, were on the staff of the second Auxiliary regiment of the Andes commanded by Aldao.

- Yanquetruz

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Oil portrait of Nazario Benavidez painted by Franklin Rawson, 1843

Nazario Benavídez

Argentine soldier who rose to the rank of Brigadier General and played a leading role in the Argentine Civil Wars.

Argentine soldier who rose to the rank of Brigadier General and played a leading role in the Argentine Civil Wars.

Oil portrait of Nazario Benavidez painted by Franklin Rawson, 1843
Facundo Quiroga, "El tigre de los llanos", Benavídez's commander and a witness at his wedding
Gregorio Aráoz de Lamadrid, a leader of the Unitarian forces
Justo José de Urquiza, whom Benavídez came to support
Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, a Liberal opponent who respected Benavídez

In 1833 Benavídez fought with Colonel Martín Yanzón on the staff of the second Auxiliary regiment of the Andes in the desert campaign, gaining victory over the local Mapuche chief Yanquetruz.

Portrait by Fernando García del Molino (detail)

José Félix Aldao

Argentine Dominican friar and soldier who became a General and then the undisputed Federist caudillo of Mendoza Province.

Argentine Dominican friar and soldier who became a General and then the undisputed Federist caudillo of Mendoza Province.

Portrait by Fernando García del Molino (detail)

Among the leaders who accompanied Aldao were two future governors of San Juan, Martín Yanzón and Nazario Benavídez.

This column gained a partial victory over the Ranquel chief Yanquetruz in fierce fighting on 31 March and 1 April 1833.