Rafael Jose Urdaneta y Faria was a hero of the Latin American war for independence.
Urdaneta was born in the province of Maracaibo in Venezuela to an aristocratic family of Spanish descent. Prior to the independence war he was a student of Latin and philosophy, and an officer for the Royal Houses of Spain.
After the 1810 declaration of independence, Urdaneta, from Caracas, joined the patriotic ranks in the war against Spain. A few years later, through illustrious gallantry he became Simon Bolivar's right hand and General of the Patriotic Army.
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