Yankee Admiral Under the Chilean Flag
Rear Admiral Charles W. Wooster (1700-1848) ran away to sea at the age of 11 and served in the American merchant service. At the outbreak of the War of 1812 he was given command of a privateer and proved himself in battle. During the South American wars of independence Chile proclaimed its own independence in 1818 and Wooster offered his services to them. He was appointed Commander and later, in 1819, was promoted Rear Admiral in command of the Chilean Navy.