- Rafael Urdaneta
Infobox Officeholder | name =Rafael José Urdaneta y Faría
caption =Urdaneta "The Brilliant"
order =Provisinal Chief of the Government of the Republic of Colombia
September 5, 1830
April 30, 1831
birth_date =birth date|1788|10|24|mf=y
death_date =death date and age|1845|8|23|1788|10|24|mf=y
spouse =Dolores Vargas Paris
Rafael José Urdaneta y Faría (
Maracaibo, Venezuela, October 24, 1788– Paris, France, August 23, 1845) was a hero of the Latin American warfor independence.
Urdaneta was born in the province of Maracaibo in
Venezuelato an aristocratic family of Spanish descent. Prior to the independence war he was a student of Latinand philosophy, and an officer for the Royal Houses of Spain.
After the 1810 declaration of independence, Urdaneta, from
Caracas, joined the patriotic ranks in the war against Spain. A few years later, through illustrious gallantry he became Simón Bolívar's right hand and General of the Patriotic Army.
Secretary of Military and Defense, Senator of Congress on numerous occasions, Urdaneta notably took control of the government in
Colombiain September of 1830, hoping, in part, of having Bolívar return as president (Bolívar had left Bogotá earlier that May for a journey to Europe and would be dead of tuberculosisbefore the end of the year). However, Urdaneta's government eventually fell to forces allied to Francisco de Paula Santander.
Urdaneta "The Brilliant", died in Paris in 1845, due to kidney stones.
History of Venezuela
General Rafael Urdaneta Bridge
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