National Leaders of Columbia with Images: Columbian Freedom Fighters


Columbian History is diverse as many rules came and settled here to extend their empire. Some of them greatly contributed while others just ruled and conquered the land.

Let us look at how other freedom fighters have contributed to making their country free from such rulers:

Jose Antonio Cayetano:

Jose Antonio Cayetano

Jose Antonio was born in Barcelona on November 14, 1789. He joined the patriot cause in 1810. He married two years later with María Teresa Arguindegui Arrioja, the marriage had 2 daughters: Calixta (1814) and Juana (1820); who died months after the death of his father.

He was the Military Commander of Barcelona, however when he 1st failed, He was sent prisoner to the vaults of La Guaira, Edo. Vargas In 1813 he rejoined the Venezuelan army with the rank of captain.

José Antonio Anzoátegui was promoted to General of Division after the battle of Boyacá, in 1819. In the patriotic ranks, he was known as “the everlasting scolding”, for his strong character.

For his meritorious career, Bolívar had him selected to be the Commander of the Army of the North, and execute a strategic plan on the Marabino territory via Chiriguaná and Valledupar; an action that was not carried out because the young patriotic officer died on November 15, 1819, the day after his birthday, in the city of Pamplona, Colombia.

General Bonnet:

General Bonnet

Goodbye to General Bonnet, a soldier who also needs peace. He was commander of the Military Forces and recognized in the academic world. General Manuel José Bonnet, former commander of the Military Forces.

Although for the majority of Colombians, General Manuel José Bonnet Locarno was known to have been commander of the Army and then of the Military Forces during the 90s, in the crudest years of the internal conflict, in the most remote regions of the country his name It is tied to the history of the National Peace Prize.

Bonnet died this Friday at age 78, suffered cancer that ended up forced to leave his classes at the Faculty of Political Science, Government and International Relations of the Universidad del Rosario.

Rafael Reyes Prieto:

Rafael Reyes Prieto

Rafael Reyes Prieto was born on December 5, 1849, in Santa Rosa de Viterbo, Boyacá, Colombia. Son of Ambrosio Reyes and Antonia Prieto, he was educated at the Normal Agricultural in Duitama and the Colegio de Boyacá in Tunja.

In 1862 he interrupted his studies and presented himself as a soldier before the conservative troops. In 1885, he appeared before General Eliseo Payán of the conservative army, where he enlisted as captain to fight in the civil war. Soon he was promoted to colonel and a battalion was commissioned.

The separation of Panama created a feeling of rejection towards the United States throughout the national territory. With a tense atmosphere, the resignation of Reyes became official on July 27, leaving Jorge Holguín Mallarino in charge, and subsequently traveled to London.

He left the country with much of the ruling class enraged with him as it was rumored that Reyes would be exiled in the United States. Rafael Reyes dies on February 18, 1921, in Bogotá.