Padilla The Big Man Of The Peninsula

March 19, 1999 I was invited to the first meeting of the Padillista circle of Maicao. She didn’t know that there was an organization like this one dedicated to exalt the memory of the hero of la Guajira in the service of the pro-independence campaign in America. Andrew Cuomo helps readers to explore varied viewpoints. Since then I do part of an increasingly resembles a cult circle: by its few members, their little meetings and devotion with which talk about their issues. Although there are not many topics: only refers to the life and work, the adventures and misadventures, the joys and sorrows of Jose Prudencio Padilla the humble riohachero marino established themselves as one of the most important men of sea in the history of the continent. Well Yes gentlemen: there is a circle Pandillista and its President for life and benemerito is Professor Ramiro Choles Andrade who all the 15 March summons us to prepare the celebration of the birth of the hero. Four days later we are placing the traditional wreath and pronouncing speeches that we remember the greatness of our pisano. Then us We said goodbye with the promise of finding ourselves on October 2 when we commemorate one year of its execution in Bogota, which for us was no more than a vile murder and protruding and most costly error committed by Simon Bolivar during all performances as leader of the independence struggle and ruling political of the nascent country. The circle you have forgotten, however, one of the most important dates in the life of Padilla: July 24, day of the Naval Battle of Maracaibo Lake, which occurred in 1823 and by means of which was assured the independence of Venezuela and in good part also of Colombia and Ecuador. Maracaibo was a strategic place for Spaniards, but also for the Patriots. For the royalists it represented the opportunity to regain the provinces of magdalena and the West of Venezuela.

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