Chapter I POLVORÍN

FERNANDO, Prince of the Asturias, heir to the throne of Spain, was playing at lances in the garden of the summer palace at Aranjuez. His opponent was a young South American with a slender, graceful body and a handsome head, a sub-lieutenant of colonial militia. From a shaded bower Queen María Luisa watched the bright blades flashing in the clear sunlight and her eyes, none the less keen for their fifty years, followed the movements of her son's companion with sensual interest. The tight white trousers of his uniform showed the play of every muscle; his straight back moved in quick arcs of rhythmic grace. His waist and thighs were slender almost to delicacy, but they were corded with hard sinew; and above them his chest swelled like a young stallion's and his shoulders were square and wide.

The South American had learned to use the lance among the cattlemen of his haciendas in the wild llanos, and he could wield it with either hand as though it were a willow wand. The prince was no match for him. The young colonial toyed with him, grinning, tricked him into awkward and helpless postures. Then, at last, when he had him done in, weak and panting for breath, with superb impudence he lifted the velvet cap neatly from the royal head.

The Prince of the Asturias was furious. He turned to his mother and complained violently of the outrage to his dignity. She, devouring the debonair figure of the young colonial officer with her eyes, said, laughing, "Don't be a

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Preface xi
  • I: Guapo 1
  • Chapter I PolvorÍn 3
  • Chapter III an Oath in Rome 19
  • Chapter IV the Powder Keg Explodes 35
  • Chapter V the Precursor 45
  • Chapter VI the Red Cap 51
  • Chapter VII "Even Nature Opposes" 58
  • Ii: Paladin 67
  • Chapter VIII "BlessÉ Au CŒur" 69
  • Chapter IX Glory is Born 81
  • Chapter X War to the Death 92
  • Chapter XI a Gilded Chariot 106
  • Interlude a Contradiction--Liberator and Dictator 109
  • Iii: Prophet in His Own Land 117
  • Chapter XII the Infernal Legion 119
  • Chapter XIII Hussars from Spain 134
  • Chapter XIV Jamaica Letter 144
  • Interlude HombrÍa 152
  • Iv: Path of Glory 163
  • Chapter XV the Centaur 165
  • Chapter XVI Red Coats in Guayana 180
  • Chapter XVII the BolÍvar Constitution 195
  • Chapter XVIII "Even to Cape Horn" 208
  • Chapter XIX BoyacÁ-New Granada Liberated 219
  • Chapter XX the Colombian Union 228
  • Chapter XXI Carabobo -- Venezuela Liberated 237
  • Chapter XXII the Path Leads Southward 249
  • Chapter XXIII Pichincha -- Quito Liberated 258
  • Chapter XXIV the Land of the Incas 274
  • Chapter XXV Ayacucho--PerÚ Liberated 287
  • Interlude an Amazon and Jeweled Wreaths 296
  • V: Laurels, Not a Crown 307
  • Chapter XXVI the Pinnacle 309
  • Chapter XXVII "Everything for Glory" 320
  • Chapter XXVIII the Path Leads Downward 332
  • Postlude the Path Ends 346
  • Chapter XXIX "The Great Gentleman of Colombia" 353
  • Author's Note 361
  • Acknowledgments 367
  • Bibliography 369
  • Index 379
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