Chapter IX GLORY IS BORN

OUT of the ruins rose a new Simón Bolívar. The paladin that now suddenly appears was born of sheer adversity.

Venezuela had never been in a worse state at any time during her whole history. In the hands of a ruthless conqueror, her agriculture and commerce destroyed, her leaders in prison or exile, her people homeless and starving through earthquake and pillage, there was not one little gleam of hope for her. Bolívar himself was in a strange land, penniless. The twelve thousand pesos he had brought away with him were taken by the authorities in Curaçao as a fine against the vessel for irregularities in her papers. His estates had been confiscated by Monteverde and his sisters were in hiding somewhere in the stricken land.

But there isn't one word of despair now, nor of self- pity. None of the groveling humility which he expressed in his letter to Miranda after Puerto Cabello--not now, nor ever again in his whole career. From now on he only thinks, plans and acts. His talents disciplined, he uses them wisely, coldly, to his purpose. Indiscretion falls from him like the first coat of a lion, leaving audacity in its place.

From Curaçao he looked southward and scanned, in his mind, that whole northern coast of the continent, looking for a likely spot to start again. In New Granada, the neighboring colony to Venezuela, there was one port held by patriot forces--Cartagena. That was the place, he decided

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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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