Acción del Castillo de Maracaibo (1823) Oil on canvas (87 x 124 cm), Museo Nacional de Colombia. Painting by José María Espinosa Prieto (1796-1883)
This battle was the last confrontation of the War of Independence of Venezuela, and major Spanish American War for Independence. The ships belonged to the naval fleet of the Great Colombia that commanded Simon Bolivar.
Depiction of the battle from c. 1830
Let´s recall that the Battle of Carabobo in 1821 is considered as the final one that gave independence to Venezuela. Nevertheless, Lake Maracaibo and the Caribbean Sea were still held by Spain. July 24 is a day of celebration in Zulia, Venezuela's state.
Padilla was appreciated both by Simon Bolívar and General Francisco de Paula Santander.
But the intrigues and contempt for being a Colombian peasant, Padilla of African descent, fell out with the creoles of Spanish origin to the point of charging him for the bombing of the Liberator Bolivar and was executed on October 28, 1828.
Importantly, the last battle he fought , with the Battle of Lake Maracaibo Navy under Admiral José Prudencio Padilla and the Battle of Carabobo on June 24, 1821.