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- n. A plainsman; a South American cattle-herder or cowboy, especially in Venezuela and Colombia.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of the inhabitants of the llanos of South America.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An inhabitant of the llanos of South America.
The name recalls the Santa Inés Battle won by the “llanero” Ezequiel Zamora.
José Antonio Páez, a llanero chief based in the region of Apure, started to operate against the royalists.
Word had reached him of a young naturalist, Isidoro Cabrera, a llanero whose father had been killed and family home destroyed when the fighting swept through San Martin.
As the party pushed on, he stayed right behind Schultes, whose steady faith in the compass was, for the llanero, a thing of mystery and intrigue.
In this battle, fought on the 26th of June, 1821, Bolivar had about sixteen hundred infantry, a thousand or more of them being British, and three thousand of llanero cavalry under Paez.
A llanero, or native of the elevated plains of Venezuela, he rose naturally to great influence among his fellow-herdsmen, and when the revolution began, in 1810, and he declared in favor of the cause of freedom, his reputation for courage was so great that they were very ready to enlist under him.
Spies were set to watch the daring llanero, and after some days they informed their leaders that Paez had gone out unarmed, and that there was a good opportunity to seize his weapons as a preliminary to his arrest.
A llanero, or inhabitant of the Llanos, is happy only when, as expressed in the simple phraseology of the country, he can see everywhere well around him.
America, I remember only one example, of a llanero, who was found mutilated in his hammock opposite the island of Achaguas.
The next morning, our breakfast having been a repetition of the evening meal, we prepared to start, the overseer having selected a trusty llanero as our guide.
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