Today in Latin American History
Cuban Writer Alejo Carpentier was Born in 1904
Photo: Alejo Carpentier
Today in Latin American history, Cuban writer Alejo Carpentier who is considered one of the best novelists of the 20th century was born in 1904.
Although born in Switzerland, Carpentier’s family moved to Cuba at a very young age and he adopted the culture.
He took a keen interest in Latin American politics and often aligned himself with revolutionary movements, such as Fidel Castro’s Communist Revolution in Cuba in the mid-20th century. Carpentier was jailed and exiled for his leftist political philosophies.
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- Today in LatAm history, former President of the Dominican Republic Leonel Fernández who was in office 2004-2012 was born in 1953
- Today in LatAm history, Chilean tennis player Marcelo Ríos who was the first Latin American to be ranked number one in the world by ATP was born in 1975
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