Arboleda, Julio

Arboleda, Julio

(ho͞o`lyō ärbōlā`thä), 1817–61, Colombian poet and politician. A powerful political force, he was for a time imprisoned and then exiled. He returned to lead a revolt (1860) against MosqueraMosquera, Tomás Cipriano de
, 1798–1878, Colombian general and president. He first gained attention by his service in the war against Spain. As president (1845–49), he began as a conservative but became more liberal, sponsoring numerous reforms and encouraging
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, was named president, but shortly thereafter was assassinated. He is best known as the author of the unfinished poem Gonzalo de Oyón, an epic of the Spanish conquest.
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