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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Castro Seeks Asylum in the U.S.!: Cartoons Magazine Centennial February 1913

Ousted Venezuelan President Cipriano Castro, that is.

Cipriano Castro militarily seized the Presidency of Venezuela in 1899, reigning until, in 1908, he travelled to France to be treated for VD. (And why was France the place to go for this???). He left his fellow military coup compatriot & Vice-President, Juan Vicente Gomez in charge in his absence, only to have Gomez seize power. (Click here for slightly more details.) He exiled in numerous countries, hoping to return to Venezuela and retake control (he never did). The majority of his exile was spent in Puerto Rico — a U.S. territory. Yet, the cartoons on these pages — scanned from the February 1913 edition of Cartoons Magazine — involve barring Cipriano Castro from the United States (I have to assume, from the mainland, as he died in 1924, still in Puerto Rico.

Above, a cartoon on Castro by artist Fred Morgan, on the cover of the February issue. Beneath, cartoon by Charles Henry Sykes.

Click on the above & below pictures, to view the cartoons in detail, and read their captions.

Below, more cartoons on the subject, by H.T. Webster, James R. Blessington and Doc Hirer Finch

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