Chapter XIII HUSSARS FROM SPAIN

BACK to Cartagena once more; back to where he had started.

He had led an army of New Granadans away from their homeland and now he returns alone, without a single man; and yet the people receive him with acclaim. His great deeds in Venezuela had been watched with avid interest, his constant reports and proclamations to the Congress received with appreciation: the honors he had heaped upon their heroes, Giradot, Ricuarte and D'Elhuyar, had created the warm gratitude and confidence in him which had been their object. The people of Cartagena hear his words with enthusiasm and offer him quarters in a palace which had formerly been the residence of the bishop.

Also living in the palace is Isabel Soublette, her sister and mother--the sisters and mother of Carlos Soublette, Miranda's half-French aide, who had been chided for being half Venezuelan. Bolívar is separated for the time from his Señorita Pepa, who had fled to the Antilles with the refugees from Caracas. Isabel is lovely, with long red hair. Bolívar pays ardent court, with his usual success; and the Soublette family become regular members of his entourage. Carlos becomes Bolívar's aide and serves him for all the remaining years of his life.

It is an interesting study, affording insight into the psychology and morals of the times, to observe the attitude of the people toward the Liberator's love affairs. There is never a word of criticism written of him anywhere; and his mistresses were accepted with all respect

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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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