Castro, Cipriano

Castro, Cipriano

Castro, Cipriano, 1858?-1924, president of Venezuela (1901-8). In 1899 he usurped the government, overthrowing Andrade. Called the Lion of the Andes by his followers, he was a stern and arbitrary caudillo, who nevertheless improved the country's economy. Castro's administration is notable because of the financial claims (see Venezuela Claims) made by several foreign powers and his defiance of them. He retired briefly in 1906 and was succeeded by Juan Vicente Gómez, but after having violent disagreements with Gómez, Castro again assumed power. In 1908 Castro went to Europe. Gómez immediately deposed him and took control. Castro died in exile.
Castro may refer to:

People with the surname Castro:

A place:

in Chile:
*Castro, Chile, capital of Chiloé Island

in Italy:
*Castro (city), a destroyed town in the province of Viterbo (Lazio)
*Castro (LE), in the province of Lecce (Apulia)
*Castro (BG), in the province of Bergamo (Lombardy)
*Castro dei Volsci, in the province of Frosinone (Lazio)

in Spain:
*Castro Urdiales, a village in the province of Cantabria

in the US:
*The Castro, a predominantly gay neighborhood in San Francisco, California, USA
*Castro Theatre, a landmark movie theater located in the Castro community

A company:


  • Castro culture, Iron-Age culture in Northern Portugal and in Galicia, Asturias and Cantabria (Northern Spain)
  • Castro (village), Cividade, and Citânia, types of settlements of the Castro culture
  • Castro (band), a cabaret-electronica band from Split, Croatia

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