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Sucre family

The Sucre Family is a prominent political family of Venezuela.


The family was founded in Venezuela, by Carlos Francisco de Sucre Garrido y Pardo, a Flanders-born noble, son of Charles Adrien de Sucre y d'Yves, Marquess of Preux, of Flemish origin, and of Maria Buenaventura Carolina Isabel Garrido de Sanchez y Pardo de Figueroa, Lady of Syssele, of Spanish origin. Carlos Francisco de Sucre Garrido y Pardo, served as a soldier of Catalunya to the Spanish Crown in 1689, and was later named Governor of Cartagena de Indias and Governor and Captain General of Cuba. On 22 December 1779, the family arrived in Venezuela as Sucre Garrido y Pardo was appointed Governor of New Andalucia, the eastern-most province of the then Captaincy General of Venezuela and where the family would remain for almost all its history. He married Margarita de Flores y Trelles and had a son Antonio Mauricio de Sucre Pardo y Trelles, married to Josefa Margarita Francisca Garcia de Urbaneja y Sanchez de Torres, daughter of Francisco Manuel Garcia de Urbaneja y Andrade and wife Teresa Sanchez de Torres y Gobea. Their son Vicente de Sucre y Garcia de Urbaneja married Maria Manuela de Alcala y Sanchez Ramirez de Arellano, daughter of Pedro de Alcala y Rendon and wife Juana Jeronima Sanchez Ramirez de Arellano y Vallenilla, and their son was Antonio Jose de Sucre y Alcala.

Antonio Jose de Sucre

Members of this family have excelled in modern Venezuelan history and have had a deep impact in that country's events. The most well-known member is General Antonio Jose de Sucre, the founder of Bolivia, the liberator of Ecuador and the Grand Marshal of Ayacucho. Sucre was the first lieutenant to the Liberator Simon Bolivar and was widely touted to replace Bolivar as the leader of the newly independent Latin American nations before his untimely death in the hands of royalist rebels in 1830.

Recent history

In the 20th century the family has once again become prominent in Venezuelan life as its members have taken roles in literature, politics, military and business. During the 1960s and 1970s the Sucre Figarella brothers were almost all involved in Venezuelan life serving in areas such as the military, public infrastructure, legislature, foreign service and literature. The oldest brother Juan Manuel Sucre was a general and served as Commander in Chief of the Army; his younger brother Leopoldo had the most active participation in politics as he was Governor and Senator of the state of Bolivar, Minister of Public Works, and as President of the state-owned Corporacion Venezolana de Guayana; the third brother Jose Francisco was a key member of the foreign policy community serving as Ambassador to the United Nations and a number of European countries such as Russia and Austria. During the early half of the 20th century, another member of the family, Jose Antonio Ramos Sucre, had achieved fame as a great poet.

Nowadays, members of the family are mostly involved in private businesses.

Motto & Coat of Arms

The family coat of arms and its motto, in French, Contentez Vous de Sucre, is included in the 2,000 Venezuelan bolivar bill between 1994 and 1998.

Named in Honor of Antonio Jose de Sucre

Different places (and a former currency) across Latin America are named after Antonio Jose de Sucre, among them:

Sucre, Bolivia, the judicial capital of Bolivia.

Sucre, Venezuela, one of the States in Venezuela.

Sucre, Colombia, one of the Departments of Colombia.

Sucre, the currency of Ecuador until the year 2000.

Notable members

Some notable members of the Sucre family are:

Carlos de Sucre Garrido y Pardo, (b. 1680), Marquess of Preux, Governor of the Province of Cartagena de Indias

Antonio Jose de Sucre, (1795-1830), General, Grand Marshall of Ayacucho, President of Bolivia

*Juan Manuel Sucre Figarella, (1925-1996), General, former Commander in Chief of the Army

*Leopoldo Sucre Figarella, (1926-1996) former Minister of Public Works; Senator; President of CVG; former Governor of Bolivar

*Guillermo Sucre Figarella, poet and literary critic

Jose Antonio Ramos Sucre, notable poet and writer

Luis Alberto Sucre, well-known Venezuelan historian

Jorge Sucre, President of opposition party Proyecto Venezuela

*Antonio Jose Sucre, General Surgeon, La Floresta Hospital in Caracas

Juan Manuel Sucre Trias (1940-1983), economist, Accion Democratica leader, parliamentarian and diplomat.

*Jose Manuel Sucre Ciffoni, (born 1963), attorney, parliamentarian, former Secretary of the Presidency of Venezuela and diplomat.

External links

[*] Brief Antonio Jose de Sucre Biography

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