<p>Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez died Tuesday after a battle with cancer. He was 58 years old.</p><p class="c1 c6">After his election in 1998, Chávez became known around the globe for railing against the United States, nationalizing parts of his country’s vast oil reserves, and focusing his nation’s spending on the poor. These pictures capture some of the key themes of his presidency. (<a class="c15" href="http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2006/04/new-venezuela/guillermoprieto-text"><em>National Geographic</em> archive: Why Chávez mattered.</a>)</p>

Hugo Chávez Dies

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez died Tuesday after a battle with cancer. He was 58 years old.

After his election in 1998, Chávez became known around the globe for railing against the United States, nationalizing parts of his country’s vast oil reserves, and focusing his nation’s spending on the poor. These pictures capture some of the key themes of his presidency. (National Geographic archive: Why Chávez mattered.)

Photograph by Leo Ramirez, AFP/Getty Images

Pictures: Hugo Chávez’s Venezuela

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez died of cancer on Tuesday.

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