It’s not just a great name for a band: 45 years ago this week, a group of Cuban and Cuban-trained Venezuelan guerrillas actually tried to invade Venezuela by sea through Machurucuto (just east of Higuerote).
Machurucuto was a kind of through-the-looking-glass Bay of Pigs that went just as badly as the original: when all was said and done, ten guerrilleros lay dead, and Fidel Castro’s first ploy to lay his hand on Venezuela’s oil riches lay in tatters.
But the guy was playing the long game, and the joke’s on us: turns out that one of the guerrilleros involved ended up as speaker of Venezuela’s National Assembly.
It’s one of those mostly-forgotten footnotes that adds an extra layer of irony to the irony lasagna that is our contemporary history: the only imperial power that’s ever tried to actually militarily invade Venezuela in the last 100 years isn’t the big bad imperialist U.S.. It’s Fidel Castro’s Cuba.
Antes nos invadían por Barlovento, ahora es por la rampa 4 de Maiquetía…