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Statue / monument of Jose Artigas in Washington DC by Sculptor Juan M. Blanes  Subject: Jose Artigas
 Year: 1950
 Sculptor: Juan M. Blanes
 Location: White House
( Constitution Avenue & 18th )

Artigas (1764-1850) is sometimes referred to as the "father of Uruguayan independence." He raised troops of volunteers to fight for the creation of a Uruguayan state separate from Argentina and free of Spanish domination. An admirer of the young United States, he is said to have carried a copy of the American Constitution with him at all times. Engraved at the base of the statue is the statement: "Liberty of America is my dream and its attainment my only hope."

The statue was funded in great part by contributions from Uruguayan school children.

Photos and text copyright © 2001 Jean K. Rosales and Michael R. Jobe, All Rights Reserved

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