IN Jamaica, Bolivar led an existence like that which he had formerly led at Curaçao. He was scarcely any richer, but he was more famous. Hospitality was offered him and people went so far as to lend him a house.
Bolivar used to work there all day long. He received news of the war: Venezuela was completely occupied by the Spaniards and New Granada gravely menaced.
If Castillo and the others were fighting sword in hand, it could not be said that he on his part would not help the cause of independence. He spread out his maps on a big table which he had placed in the verandah. He calculated the number of inhabitants in all the South American countries and what could be hoped from them; he made a scheme for the union of New Granada and Venezuela under the name of Colombia, in gratitude to Christopher Columbus: a town was to be founded between the two countries and called Las Casas, after the 'Father of the Indians.' Seven millions of people asked only to be free, and the day which would bring them liberty was inevitably coming. It would have been base to give up all idea of relief.
Bolivar wrote proclamations and articles which he sent to France, the United States, and England. He tried to interest the whole universe in his plans; he
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Publication information: Book title: Bolivar the Liberator. Contributors: Michel Vaucaire - Author, Margaret Reed - Translator. Publisher: Houghton Mifflin. Place of publication: Boston. Publication year: 1929. Page number: 102.
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