Al abrigo de la Sierra Urbasa-Andía
he Third Carlist War (1872-1876) began in the aftermath of the deposition of one ruling monarch and abdication of another. Queen Isabella II was overthrown by a conspiracy of liberal generals in 1868, and left Spain in some disgrace. The Cortes (Parliament) replaced her with Amadeo, the Duke of Aosta (and second son of King Victor Emmanuel of Italy). Then, when the Spanish elections of 1872 resulted in government violence against Carlist candidates and a swing away from Carlism, the Carlist pretender, Carlos VII, decided that only force of arms could win him the throne. The Third Carlist War began. It lasted until 1876.
The Battle of Lacar
On February 3rd, during the Second Carlist War, a major offensive by the Carlist army against the Liberal troops took place in the locality of Lácar. It ended with the victory of the Carlist forces.
It was a surprise attack, carried out while the Liberal troops were having lunch in the village square.
More than 1,000 soldiers on both sides died in the battle. Alfonso XII, still very young, had to leave the battleground very quickly as he was on the point of being captured by the Carlist troops.
Lácar commemorates the battle on June 10th, with a number of events including a guided tour to the battle sites and a theatrical re-enactment of it.
The commemoration has been declared a Festivity of Regional Tourist Interest in Navarre.
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