Thursday, March 31, 2011
Born José Rafael Hernández y Pueyrredón on November 10, 1834, José Hernández was a prominent Argentinian journalist, poet, and politician. He was best known for his poem "Martín Fierro," which was essentially a protest against the current Argentinian president, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento. The poem was translated into over 70 languages and has become a symbol of the Argentinian identity. Hernández also founded El Río de la Plata, an Argentinian newspaper which was based on his federalist political views. Hernández died on October 21, 1886 of heart disease.