Happy Birthday to Manuel Oribe, Revolutionary

On August 26, 1792, Manuel Oribe was born into the era of South America’s revolutions. Oribe was a key influence in shaping the formation of his home country of Uruguay.  The independence movement from Spain began in 1811, and Oribe was a strong supporter.  The small country’s history after independence was tumultuous, as it battled the ambitious plans for takeover by its larger, powerful neighbors, Argentina and Brazil.  After independence was finalized, Oribe served as Minister of War and the Navy in 1833 and as President beginning in 1835.  His term was turbulent, and he resigned in 1838.  After an exile in Europe, he made an unsuccessful attempt to retake power in 1855.

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