We all know San Martín's face from those old Argentinian stamps we probably all have tucked away in our schoolboy's/-girl's stamp album, but who was he? Well, in a nutshell, he was the man who played a vital role in the liberation of South America from Spanish rule, in the early 1800s. He basically liberated Argentina and Chile and helped liberate Peru. For this, he became the national hero of Argentina and that's why he is found on zillion of stamps. Have a look at a catalogue and you'll find that there's lot more interesting and peculiar San Martín stamps te be collected, the ones that you probably won't have yet, like this one.
This stamp was issued in 1980 to commemorate the fact that a century before, in 1880, the remains of San Martín were brought home from France to Argentina! You see, when San Martín left South America, because he no longer wanted to be involved in the political process of liberation, he went into voluntary exile in Europe and that's where he spent his final years. And yep, you guessed it, the depicted vessel Villarino brought his remains home on her maiden journey.