RAFAEL DEL RIEGO NUNEZ (1784-1823), Spanish army officer, who has the melancholy distinction of having begun the long series of political military mutinies - pronunciamientos - in Spain, was born at Santa Maria de Tuna in Asturias on the 2nd of April 1784.
Riego had the good fortune to escape and to reach England after various wanderings in Switzerland and Germany.
Riego was apparently not suspected, and he decided to act on his own account.
Riego now started on a revolutionary propaganda through Andalusia at the head of his regiment.
When the liberals were in possession of power they would gladly have kept Riego in a subordinate place.
Riego was the noisiest shouter of all.
The popular revolutionary tune of Spain, the "himno de Riego," is named after him, and his picture is hung in the Cortes, but he was a poor creature, and a bad example of the light-headed military agitators who have caused Spain much misery.
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