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20 Aug 2012

Bust of Peruvian Admiral Grau unveiled in Québec City

HEM José Antonio Bellina, Ambassador of the Republic of Peru; Jacques Langlois, President and Chief Executive Officer, Commission de la capitale nationale du Québec; and Jean-Stéphane Bernard, Assistant Deputy Minister, Bilateral Affairs, Ministère des Relations internationales.

A bust of Peruvian hero Admiral Miguel Grau Seminario was unveiled in Parc de l’Amérique-Latine in Québec City on August 17. It pays homage to the peoples of Latin America and also symbolizes the contributions to Québec society of the tens of thousands of Latin Americans who decided to settle in Québec.

The bust, a gift from the Embassy of Peru to Québec City, was unveiled at a ceremony in the presence of Peru’s Ambassador to Canada, HEM José Antonio Bellina; Assistant Deputy Minister, Bilateral Affairs, Ministère des Relations internationales, Jean-Stéphane Bernard; Consul General of Peru in Montréal, Doris Sotomayor; and President and Chief Executive Officer, Commission de la capitale nationale du Québec (CCNQ), Jacques Langlois.

Parc de l’Amérique-Latine

Located behind the Québec City courthouse, Parc de l'Amérique-Latine was inaugurated in 1995 by CCNQ. A number of busts and statues of famous Latin Americans are on display at the park. The memorial to Admiral Miguel Grau joins those of:

  • Bernardo O'Higgins (Chile)
  • José Artigas (Uruguay)
  • José Martí (Cuba)
  • Juan Montalvo (Ecuador)
  • Juana Azurduy (Bolivia)
  • Simón Bolívar (Venezuela)
  • Toussaint Louverture (Haiti)


A renowned officer

Admiral Grau (1834-1879) participated in the fight for the independence of Peru from Spain, and then in the War of the Pacific pitting Peru against Chile during which he died commanding the Peruvian fleet. During his life, Admiral Grau distinguished himself by his bravery and chivalry, which earned him the sobriquet Gentleman of the Seas. He posthumously received the rank of Grand Admiral of Peru in 1967 and was named Peruvian of the Millennium at the end of the 20th Century.

Agreements between Québec and Peru

The Government of Québec and the Republic of Peru have signed six cooperation agreements to date, notably in the area of higher education.

Cooperation agreements between Québec and Peru

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