Artigas, Jose Gervasio

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Artigas, Jose Gervasio Gender: M
born on 19 June 1764 at 14:40 (= 2:40 PM )
Place Montevideo, Uruguay, 34s53, 56w11
Timezone LMT m56w11 (is local mean time)
Data source
Orig source not known
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Taeger
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 28°47' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 12°15 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 24°40'

Jose Gervasio Artigas


Soldier and revolutionary leader who is regarded as the father of Uruguayan independence, although that goal was not attained until several years after he had been forced into exile.

As a youth Artigas was a gaucho, or cowboy, in the interior of what is now Uruguay. In 1797 he entered the Spanish military forces, which then were mainly engaged in exterminating bandits. Several years later (1810) he offered his services to the Buenos Aires junta that was leading an independence movement against Spain. After winning a brilliant victory at Las Piedras, he besieged Spanish-held Montevideo for a time. In the face of superior Portuguese forces (called in from Brazil by the Spaniards), Artigas led a dramatic withdrawal of about 16,000 people from the region into Argentine territory.

Artigas then became the champion of federalism against the efforts of Buenos Aires to assert centralized control over the whole Río de la Plata region. In 1814 this struggle became a civil war. At first Artigas ruled over about 350,000 square miles (900,000 square km) of what is now Uruguay and central Argentina. His hold, however, was weakened by his insistence on decentralized government and was finally broken by a Portuguese invasion, which he resisted for three years. From 1820 he lived in exile in Paraguay; the independence of his native Uruguay was finally achieved on 27 August 1828.

He died 23 September 1850

Link to Wikipedia biography

Source Notes

Tatear quotes Lescaut quoting Cahiers Astrologiques Nr. 179

Starkman rectified to 14.37.28 LMT Asc 23Sco54'


  • Vocation : Military : Military career
  • Notable : Famous : Historic figure