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7 years in Tibet
Between 1996 and 1997 , Uspallata was shaken by the shooting of a superproduction : Seven Years in Tibet , directed by Jean Jacques Annaud , starring Brad Pitt . Beyond the cinematic value of this film , It had a profound economic and cultural significance to Mendoza, Uspallata in general and in particular.
Mine Paramillos , landscape and its surroundings were location of several scenes of this film.
The story of a bandit with a reputation for "untouchable" who "stole from the rich to give to the poor", loved by the poorest sectors of society, adds to the list of so-called rural bandits that conform our culture.
Famous and recognized for his theft, today is saint of devotion to a popular culture that holds him with flowers and offerings.
Police took the life of bandit Francisco Cubillos, at 27 years old, in the Mines of Paramillos.
The Army of the Andes in Uspallata
In January 1817, one of the main pillars of the Army of General San Martin, liberator he set the command of General Juan Gregorio de Las Heras, who went to Chile by way of Uspallata.
Through the route Paramillos (real road connecting the cities of Santiago and Mendoza) passed other columns in command under Captain Fray Luis Beltrán in charge of the implements of war and the arsenal, climbed the Quebrada del Toro and directed to Uspallata, to meet with the main column of General Gregorio de Las Heras.