December 4th 2009
History of Latin America
Hugo Chavez is currently the president of Venezuela, but he did not get there overnight, and it was not easy for him to stay there. Born to Hugo de los Reyes, his father and his mother, Elena Frias de Chávez, Chavez was a man who lived in poverty for most of his early life. His parents could not afford to raise him or his brothers and his grandmother took over in raising him. Chavez did however eventually leave the life of poverty for a career in baseball. If someone looked at Chavez today they would not realize that this man left poverty because he was very skilled at baseball. The only reason this worked was because baseball was one of Venezuela’s most watched and played sport. After high school Chavez received a scholarship to Venezuelan Academy of Military Sciences for baseball. During his time at the academy he took classes and played baseball. When he left he had a degree in military science and engineering. After he left he joined the army and rose quickly threw the ranks like most dictators do. If dictators didn’t have a strong background in the military they would have a hard time taking over the country. Chavez became the head of an elite paratrooper division. During his time in the military is where he started to realize that the government was corrupt and that he wanted to do something about it. He stated one time talking out about the government, “I am convinced that the path to a new, better and possible world is not capitalism, the path is socialism.” (World Biography)
Chavez decided that it was time to make a change, and he and a group of men from the military made a group called the Bolivarian revolution. Chavez had a great respect for Simone Bolivar and used what he said in many of his own speeches later in his life. So it was not a surprise when he named his revolution after him. He planned to stage a coup on the current president Perez. This coup was...