5 July 1807

In Buenos Aires the local militias repel the British soldiers within the Second English Invasion.

The Second English Invasion occurred in 1807, following the first unsuccessful British attempt to seize control of Buenos Aires in 1806.

Background: The British sought to expand their influence and control in South America, particularly targeting the Spanish colonies. They believed the Spanish colonies were weak and could be easily taken over, and they hoped to open new markets for British goods.

First Invasion (1806): The British initially captured Buenos Aires in 1806, but local militias and Spanish forces managed to reclaim the city under the leadership of Santiago de Liniers.

Second Invasion (1807): The British launched a second invasion in 1807. This time, they faced even more organized and determined resistance from the local population and militias.

Repulsion of British Forces: The British landed a substantial force and managed to capture Montevideo. However, when they advanced on Buenos Aires, they encountered fierce resistance. The local militias, under the command of Santiago de Liniers and local leaders like Martín de Álzaga, engaged in street-to-street fighting.

Outcome: The British forces were eventually defeated and forced to retreat. This victory was a significant morale boost for the local population and helped foster a sense of unity and resistance against foreign invaders.