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The Wayuu Peoples

Wayuu (also Wayu, Wayúu, Guajiro, Wahiro) is a Native American ethnic group from the Guajira Peninsula in northern Colombia and northwestern Venezuela. The Wayuu language is part of the Maipuran (Arawak) language family. The Wayuu have been for centuries in the Guajira Peninsula, and they are considered to be great artisans and merchants, tireless fighters […]

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Who was Cacique Sorocaima?

The Indigenous Sorocaima was a rigid, severe and reserved man, and according to historians’ versions, he was from the tribe of Los Teques. His name means Bird of Colorful Plumage. He was a man of confidence and a lieutenant of the Great Cacique Guaicaipuro, he was formed under the canons of the Spartan school, the […]

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Vicente Salias

Vicente Salias was a Doctor, writer, and journalist who gave his life for Venezuela’s Independence. He is credited with the authorship of the lyrics of the National Anthem, along with Juan Jose Landaeta. His parents were Francisco Antonio Salias Tordesillas and María Margarita Sanoja Cabeza de Vaca. He had 4 brothers, Juan Mariano, Carlos, Pedro […]

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Biographies Caucasian Venezuelans History Presidents of Venezuela

Antonio Guzmán Blanco

Antonio Guzmán Blanco was a politician, statesman, military chief of the Federal War, leader of the Yellow Liberal Party and president of the Republic on several occasions between 1870 and 1888. He has been known throughout history as the “Civilizing Autocrat”, as well as by the titles of “Illustrious American”, and “Regenerator and Peacemaker”, granted […]

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Juan José Landaeta

Juan José Landaeta was a Venezuelan musician, instrumentalist, composer and orchestra conductor. He is credited, along with Vicente Salias, for the composition of the patriotic song Gloria al Bravo Pueblo (1810). His parents were Juan José Landaeta and María Candelaria Arévalo, both of whom were free browns. As a child, he entered the music school […]

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Who was Cacique Guaicaipuro?

Guaicaipuro was a Cacique and warrior chief of Taima origin. He was raised by Cacique Catuche of the Teques tribe. He is one of the most famous Caciques of Venezuela for leading the joint indigenous resistance against the Spanish colonization. Cacique Guaicaipuro was born in Caracas, on 8 December 1530. After being trained as warrior, […]

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Who was Cacique Baruta?

Cacique Baruta was a Mariche, name of a Venezuelan tribe that lived in what today is the area of Filas de Mariche. He was the son of the Great Cacique Guaicaipuro and Urquia. His name comes from the name given by the Mariches to the jabillo. Cacique Baruta is part of the coalition led by […]

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Who was Cacique Tiuna?

Tiuna was born in the tribe of Los Caracas, his childhood was formed under the tutelage of Cacique Catia and was characterized by his great bravery. He exercised power in the Guayabos Valley, currently known as Catia La Mar. His domains extended through the mountains, limiting with the Tuy Valleys, Filas de Mariche and part […]

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Who was Cacique Tamanaco?

Two years after the death of the Great Cacique Guaicaipuro, the Cacique Tamanaco arose as cacique of the Mariches and Quiriquires Indigenous peoples. His mission was to form an alliance between the different Carib Tribes. Cacique Tamanaco led the resistance against the Spanish conquest during most of the XVI century, especially in the central zone […]

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Who was Cacique Guaicamacuto?

Guaicamacuto was an Indigenous Chief that belonged to the tribe of Los Caribes. He was known for being clever, cold-calculating and negotiator with his counterparts and indigenous chiefs. Cacique Guaicamacuto commanded the coast from La Guaira to the East. In 1555, he made history when he peacefully received a mixed-race called Francisco Fajardo. By 1558, […]