War hero who was often labeled the Father of Uruguayan nationhood. He was involved in the Oriental Revolution and the Luso Brazilian invasion.
He was a precocious child--cattle smuggling and fighting--but always stood up for the rights of people he felt couldn't defend themselves.
His image appeared on the 1998 Uruguay Five-Pesos banknote.
He was born in Montevideo, Uruguay.
He and James Wolfe are among some of the world's most remembered war heros.