Jose Cipriano Castro Ruiz (1858-1924) was a Politician and President of Venezuela from 1899 to 1909. He was the first man from the Andes to rule the country, and was the first of five military strongmen from the Andean state of Tachira to rule the country over the next 46 years.
Cipriano Castro was the son of Jose Carmen Castro and Pelagia Ruiz. He was born October 12, 1858 in Capacho, Tachira. Castro's father was a mid-level farmer and he received the an education typical of the tachirense middle-class, who significant mercantile and family relations with Colombia, in ...
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