VENEZUELA: The Long Wait

General Valentin Garcia is a cherished legend to the inhabitants of the Venezuelan state of Sucre. He fought in six great battles of the war of liberation from Spain, and once saved the life of General Simon Bolivar, who thereupon dubbed Garcia "Valentin Valiente" (Valentin the Brave). When Garcia died in 1856, he was buried in the parish cemetery of the town of Cumana. But until last week, Valentin the Brave, much as he was honored in Sucre,* never won a similar reverence from the rest of Venezuela.

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