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CORDOVA, Jose M., Colombian general, born in Antoquia, New Granada, in 1797; killed at Santuario, 17 October, 1829. He was the son of a rich merchant of the Spanish party, but when fifteen years of age joined the Independents. His conduet at the battle of Boyaca, 8 August, 1819, gained him the rank of colonel, and he was charged with the expulsion of the royalists from Antoquia. This duty he successfully performed; and his first care was to levy on his own father the sum of $10,000. His exactions occasioned his recall, but he distinguished himself in many combats on the banks of the Magdalena. By a skilful manoeuvre he captured a Spanish fleet of twenty-seven vessels at anchor in the port of Teneriffe, and, after a bloody battle, took possession of the town. He was made a general, and was in the Colombian division left by Bolivar in Peril. On 9 December, 1824, C6rdova participated in the victory of Ayacucho, and he was named general of division on the field. Covering his ambition with the pretext of establishing a federal government, he conspired many times against Bolivar, and openly revolted in August, 1829, but found few partisans. He was hunted at Santuario, 17 October, by the united forces of Andrada, Ureta, and O'Leary, and defended himself with vigor, but fell covered with wounds.
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