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CaptionJoaquín Lenzina commonly known as "Ansina" accompanied José Gervasio Artigas throughout his life as his most loyal friend and follower. He was born in Montevideo in 1760 son of Black slaves. He was a waterboy who still as a child moved to the countryside where he became a payador a gaucho wandering minstrel. He enlisted as crew in a fishing boat which turned out to be a pirate ship. On discovering this he fled to the Brazilian coast where he was captured and turned into slave. He was bought by Artigas who liberated him immediately. In this way a deep lifelong friendship was established between them. He participated in various battles alongside Artigas. When Artigas was exiled to Paraguay Ansina accompanied him. After the death of Artigas Manuel Antonio Ledesma learned of the solitude in which Ansina lived and welcomed him to his home until his death in 1860. Unfortunately due to the destruction caused by the war of Paraguay his remains have not been found. ______________ ---Ansina me llaman ---Y Ansina yo soy. ---Sólo Artigas sabe ---Hacia donde me voy. --- --- --- --- --- --- ---Ansina they call me ---And Ansina I am ... ---Only Artigas knows ---Where I go. ¡Viva el oriental que ama al Paraguay! Poem by Lenzina truncated
HeadlineLife long aid to José Gervasio Artigas - who liberated him from slavery and important figure in Afro-Uruguayan history
Copyright Noticeen.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Joaquin_Lenzina or "Ansina"
URLhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joaqu%C3%ADn_Lenzina

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