Rafael Simón Urbina

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Rafael Simón Urbina López (Puerto Cumarebo, 1897 - Caracas, 13 November 1950) was a Venezuelan rebel who fought against the dictatorial regime of Juan Vicente Gómez. Implicated in a 1919 conspiracy, he spent four years participating in a guerrilla war from the mountains of his native Falcón State. He went into exile in 1923, in Havana (Cuba) and Barranquilla (Colombia) before returning in 1925 following an amnesty. A new attempt to overthrow Gómez in 1928 saw Urbina deported to Barranquilla, where was imprisoned pending extradition, but escaped.[1] In 1929 he led the taking of Fort Amsterdam in Curaçao and the kidnapping of the dutch governor, Leonardus Albert Fruytier, in another failed attempt to overthrow Gómez involving 250 men with the support of communists [1] as Gustavo Machado Morales and Miguel Otero Silva. They plundered weapons, ammunition and the treasury of the island.[2] and hauled the governor Fruytier off to Venezuela on the stolen American ship Maracaibo.The revolutionaries landing at La Vela de Coro but were defeated by Gómez forces, and the raid ended in failure.[1] After exile in Mexico, Urbina tried again in October 1931, again unsuccessfully, this time landing in Puerto Gutiérrez.[1]

Urbina returned to Venezuela in 1936, offering his services to Eleazar López Contreras, including the denunciation of communists as his former associates Gustavo Machado. He opposed the 1945 Venezuelan coup d'état, and after seeking asylum in the Haitian embassy, sought exile in Barranquilla and Santo Domingo, where he sought the help of Dominican Republic dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo in planning another invasion of Venezuela. He returned to Venezuela following the 1948 Venezuelan coup d'état, and unsuccessfully requested the return of his assets, which had been confiscated in 1945.[1]

Fort Amsterdam

In November 1950 he was involved in the failed kidnapping attempt of then Venezuelan President Carlos Delgado Chalbaud, which resulted in the death of Delgado. Urbina was captured by Venezuelan government forces and assassinated that night during a transfer from one prison to another. Subsequently, Marcos Pérez Jiménez rose as ruler of Venezuela.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f (Spanish) venezuelatuya.com, Rafael Simón Urbina
  2. ^ "Overval op fort Amsterdam in Willemstad op Curaçao door de Venezolaanse revolutionair Urbina (8 juni 1929)" (in Dutch). Ministry of Defense. Retrieved 8 August 2014.