Manuel Torres

Birth
Spain
Death 15 Jul 1822 (aged 59–60)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 13084685 · View Source
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Diplomat. Latin American Revolutionary. In 1778, Manuel de Trujillo y Torres emigrated from Spain to New Granada (present day Colombia). Torres conspired to overthrow Spanish colonial rule of New Granada in 1794. Fleeing, he arrived in Philadelphia in 1796 where he remained until his death. Philadelphia was still the capital of the United States and the center of revolutionary activity. In 1818, Simón Bolívar appointed Torres chargé d'affaires of Venezuela. Torres met with President James Monroe in June 1822 as a diplomatic officer of Gran Colombia, a union of New Granada and Venezuela. This was the first official acknowledgment by the United States of an independent Latin American nation. A plaque by his grave reads: "As minister of the Republic of Colombia he was the first Latin American diplomatic representative in the United States of America." Torres, whose advice was consulted by representatives from all sections of South America was called the "Franklin of the Southern world" by William Duane, editor of the Aurora.


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  • Created by: rjschatz
  • Added: 21 Jan 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 13084685
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Manuel Torres (1762–15 Jul 1822), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13084685, citing Saint Mary's Catholic Churchyard, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by rjschatz (contributor 46560566) .