Portales

Portales

Portales, Diego, 1793-1837, Chilean statesman. Founder of constitutional order and of the conservative regime in Chile, he was general minister (1830-31) and minister of war and marine (1831-32, 1835-37). The brilliantly conceived, highly centralistic constitution of 1833 was largely his work. Refusing the presidency, but ruling in fact, he reorganized the army, the treasury, the internal administration, commerce, and industry. His one aim was to bring order out of the bloody chaos that followed independence, but the parliamentarian became the autocrat; his strict measures aroused bitter opposition and he was assassinated by mutinous soldiers.
Portales, city (1990 pop. 10,690), seat of Roosevelt co., E N.Mex., near the Tex. line; inc. 1910. It is the trade and processing center of an agricultural area. There is food processing, printing and publishing, and the manufacture of machinery, furniture, building products, and feeds. Oil wells are in the vicinity. Eastern New Mexico Univ. is in Portales. Cannon Air Force Base is nearby.
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