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The House of Treaties is key in the history of Trujillo

He received Bolívar on 4 occasions and there the Decree of War to Death was signed

Trujillo was the epicenter of numerous fundamental events on the road to Venezuelan independence. Two events marked this entity, which were recorded in an old house, located on Independencia Avenue in the capital of Trujillo, where the Liberator Simón Bolívar signed the Proclamation of War to the Death, on June 15, 1813, 211 years ago; and the Armistice and Regularization of War treaties, in November 1820.

Initially known as the House of War to Death; Then, in 1908, it was the History Center of the state of Trujillo and, currently, it is known as the House of the Bolívar and Sucre Treaties, and according to Venezuelan and Trujillo historians, it is “the house of American emancipation.”

The historic residence is one block from Plaza Bolívar. It belonged to a Caracas-Scottish man in the 1865th century; later to General José de la Cruz Carrillo Terán, a Trujillo hero, who lived there until his death in XNUMX.

“We do not have an exact date of the construction of this house, what we do know is that it belonged to the Scot Jacobo Antonio Roth. Bolívar was here on the four occasions that he visited Trujillo. It is said that he spent the night and was the house of General Cruz Carrillo, who was the first president of the province of Trujillo,” said Juan Cristóbal Terán, director of Heritage of the Institute of Culture and the Arts of the state of Trujillo (Incaet) and of the Casa of the Treaties.

History as therapy

The professor and chronicler of the Trujillo municipality, Alí ​​Medina Machado, assures that this is the home of Trujillo history, a place that identifies Trujillo as a bastion of Venezuelan history. “In this house remains the ingenuity of Trujillo, the essence of our culture, traditional Trujillo life and that makes this house a true history museum, a living, breathing, permanent, pedagogical museum.”

He says that when you are in the house “you breathe an air of substantive presence of what the concept of Trujillo is; even more so, of Trujillonía. The total Trujillo work of this town, in all its historical dimension, underlies and emerges in this house, in this temple of history."

Medina Machado proposed to design a pedagogical program, with the support of the Directorate of Education, in order to base the history of the region from the local to the national, to project Trujillo as a fundamental province in the formation of Venezuelanness.

“This house changes the vision of life for many of those who visit it, starting with the children. In this house there is a great emotional, conceptual content, ethics, history, belonging, identity, value. This house is a claim, it is an eternal Trujillo project,” she pointed out.

Meeting space

César Delgado, representative of the Culture Cabinet, says that in the House of the Bolívar and Sucre Treaties there is a permanent program undertaken by different organizations such as living books, the Wristband Movement, the Older Adults Movement, and guided tours for schoolchildren. , high school students and university students.

“Beyond being a historical center for researchers, it is also a space for the cultural movement to meet. Here there have been funeral songs, exhibitions, conferences, conversations, talks, workshops, presentations, history lectures, this museum is alive. The house is for multiple uses. It is the epicenter of the municipality's culture. It is a house for Trujillo people. The house today is a space for creation and recreation for everyone.”

Delgado proudly stated that the cultural and historical values ​​of this house are a treasure that must be appreciated and protected.

A museum

The first telegraph in Trujillo and the first printing press operated in this historic space and it was where the Rafael Rangel University Center, the Ateneo de Trujillo, the Cristóbal Mendoza Museum, which houses objects from the first president of Venezuela, and the first public library, were born. . Today it is a museum where pre-Hispanic times, the Cuica ancestors, the colonial times and the times of independence are represented, all combined in the hall of arms, says Juan Cristóbal Terán.

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