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Castro, Cipriano

Born: 1858 AD
Died: 1924 AD, at 66 years of age.

Nationality: Venezuelan
Categories: General, Politician

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1858 - He was born on the 14th of October in Capacho, Táchira, Venezuela.

1892 - He entered politics and became the governor of his province of Táchira but was exiled to Colombia when the government in Caracas was overthrown.

1899 - He lived in Colombia for seven years, amassing a fortune in illegal cattle trading and recruiting a private army, with which he successfully attacked Caracas.

1902 - He refused to make payments on foreign debts, British, German, and Italian ships set up a blockade to force payment.

1908 - He left for Paris to seek medical aid, leaving the government in the hands of his lieutenant Gómez, the man who was instrumental in his victory of 1899.

1924 - He died on the 4th of December in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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