Eduardo Blanco (writer)

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Eduardo Blanco
Eduardo Blanco - Antonio Herrera Toro.jpg
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela
In office
30 July 1900 – 8 November 1901
President Cipriano Castro
Preceded by Raimundo Andueza Palacio
Succeeded by Jacinto Regino Pachano
Personal details
Born (1838-12-25)25 December 1838
Caracas, Venezuela
Died 30 June 1912(1912-06-30) (aged 73)
Caracas, Venezuela
Profession writer, historian, military

Eduardo Blanco (1838–1912), Venezuelan writer and politician, was aide-de-camp to General José Antonio Páez, independence hero and first president of Venezuela after the breakup of Gran Colombia in 1830.


Dr. Eduardo Blanco (on right) with General Ramon Tello Mendoza while in the Government of Cipriano Castro.

His main work is Venezuela Heroica (1881), a classic romantic view of history as an epic. Venezuela heroica is structured in five vignettes that depict the main battles and heroes of the Venezuelan War of Independence. It was from General Páez himself that Blanco heard the stories of the Battle of Carabobo, during an encounter with Marshal Juan Crisóstomo Falcón to end the Federal War (1859–1863) near the site of the battle. Páez was so moved from his memories of youth, the anecdote goes, that he could not stop telling his aide the details of the battle. It was Falcón who then told Blanco "you are listening to the Iliad from the very lips of Achilles".

Blanco is also the author of Zárate (1882), a historical novel that attempts to make sense of national reality; Zárate marks the beginning of the "criollista" movement in Venezuelan literature.

Eduado Blanco was minister of foreign affairs for the government of Cipriano Castro (1899–1908).

Family and legacy

He is an uncle of Rufino Blanco-Fombona and great-great-grandfather of María Corina Machado.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Raimundo Andueza Palacio
127th Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela
30 July 1900 – 8 November 1901
Succeeded by
Jacinto Regino Pachano

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