Francisco de Paula Santander
Francisco Jose de Paula Santander y Omana , was one of the military and political leaders during Colombia's (then known as New Granada) independence struggle (1810-1819).
A law student, he began his military career at the young age of 18 after the events of 1810, as a soldier in the federalist faction of New Granada's independence movement, later joining the centralists.
Santander received the rank of colonel in 1812. After the Spanish Invasion of New Granada, as a series of defeats led to the exile or retreat of many of New Granada's officers, Santander himself retreated to the ...
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