José Félix Ribas

José Félix Ribas (Spanish pronunciation: [xoˈse ˈfeliks ˈriβas]; Caracas, 19 September 1775 - Tucupido, 31 January 1815), was a Venezuelan independence leader and hero of the Venezuelan War of Independence. Ribas was the last of eleven sons, born to a prominent Caracas family. In his early years, he received a quality education and attended the city's seminary. After finishing his studies, he began working in the agrarian sector. At the age of 21 he married María Josefa Palacios, the aunt of Simón Bolívar. He soon became interested in Republican ideals and sympathetic to the revolutionary independence movement. Ribas became involved in the Conspiracy of 1808, but was taken prisoner after its failure. In his defense, he stated that on the day of the action, he was just heading to a public square to spend time. Actually, Ribas was frequenting the square to meet with other republicans to plan an uprising. He was later freed by the authorities. When the events of 19 April 1810 took place, it was reported that Ribas was seen travelling throughout the entire city, encouraging people to join-in the demonstrations against Spanish rule.

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Date of birth
September 19th, 1775
Date of death
January 31st, 1815 at age of 39


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