On March 26, 1812, a devastating earthquake rocked Caracas, Venezuela and its first independent government. The quake struck on the morning of Holy Thursday, as Venezuelans prepared for the holiday. The devastation seriously impacted the First Republic of Venezuela, which lasted from 19 April 1810 to 25 July 1812. Francisco de Miranda was one of the leaders of this First Republic. In response to the quake, the US Congress sent its first foreign aid, about $50,000 in food, to assist the Venezuelan people.
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