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Uruguayan general, politician and president, 1792-1857
Fishburn and Hughes: "A Uruguayan military and political leader, head of the Blanco party. Oribe fought against the Spanish in the Wars of Independence, joined Alvear's forces in the war against. Brazilian invasion and fought at Ituzaingó. When Uruguay regained its independence, Oribe became Minister of War and the Navy under the presidency of Rivera. Aspiring to the presidency himself, he then sought the support of Rosas, whose forces had been driven out of Uruguayan soil by Rivera. Oribe and Rosas counter-attacked in what became known as the Guerra Grande, during which Oribe's Blancos besieged Montevideo for eight years." (144)