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RIBAS, Jose Fe1ix (re'-bas), Venezuelan soldier, born in Caracas, 19 September, 1775; died in Tucupido, 18 January, 1815. He married a maternal aunt of Simon Bolivar, was one of the most enthusiastic originators of the movement for independence in 1810, and was appointed a member of the supreme junta of Caracas. He organized a battalion, of which he was appointed colonel, and took part in the unfortunate campaign against Monteverde. After the capitulation of Miranda, 25 July, 1812, Ribas obtained through family influence a passport from Monteverde, and went to Curacoa. Thence he accompanied Bolivar to Cartagena and in his invasion of Venezuela, being in command of the division that defeated the Spaniards at Niquitao, 23 June, 1813, and at Horcones on 22 July, and was promoted brigadier on 5 October, and chief of operations in the central provinces. When Boves, at the head of 7,000 men, attacked Caracas. Ribas, with only 1,500 men, intrenched himself at Victoria, and, after resisting for a whole day the furious attacks of Bores and Morales, totally routed them in the evening of 12 July, 1814. He defeated Rosete at Charallave, 20 February, was promoted lieutenant-general on 24 March, and took part in the victory of Carabobo on 28 May. After the disaster of La Puerta he was sent to the eastern provinces, and when Bolivar presented himself, after the defeat of Aragua, in Carupano, Ribas's troops deposed Bolivar and Marino, proclaiming Ribas and Piar first and second chief. But Ribas was totally routed at Urica by Boves on 5 December, and in Maturin by Morales on 11 December, and the last patriot army was totally dispersed. Ribas was captured in the farm of Tamanaco while awaiting provisions from the neighboring town of Valle de Pascua. He was shot in Tucupido, and his head was sent to Caracas to be exposed in a cage.
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