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Francisco de Paula Santander

Other names/titles: General
Gender: M
Ethnic origin: White

Biographical details

Born in Cúcuta, Colombia, in 1792, he studied law in the Colegio de San Bartolomé, Bogotá, until disrupted by the independence wars. He joined the military campaign at an early age and gained rapid promotion. Was Vice-President of New Granada (1821-28) and President from 1833-37. He fiercely defended his position in his numerous writings and political letters. Ardiles names his most important work as Su defensa ante la Cámara. (Ardila, 20-22.)

He commissioned his friend, José Domínguez Roche, to write a play about , "La Pola" Salavarrieta, the heroine of Independence. (Ardila, 464, Arciniegas, 690.)

He contributed to Gaceta de Colombia, founded El Patriota and wrote numerous messages, speeches and proclamations.

He became Vice-President of Gran Colombia, 1821-28, under Bolívar, but they had little in common. His "uncompromising liberalism" and "great administrative talents" worsened relations between the two. Santander went into exile from 1828-32. He was President of New Granada 1832-37. (Lynch, xxii)

He died in 1840.

Life Events

Born 1792He was born in Cúcuta.
Other 1821He was Vice-President of New Granada (1821-28).
Other 1828He was in exile from 1828-32.
Other 1832He was President of Colombia from 1832-37.
Died 1840


Ardila A, Hector M., (1984), Hombres y letras de Colombia

Arciniegas, Germán, (1988), Manuel de literatura colombiana

Lynch, John, (1986), The Spanish American Revolutions 1808-1826

Forero, Paulo E., (1972), Las heroinas olvidadas de la independencia


Speech: Discurso a las Señoras del Socorro


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