Bolivar the Liberator

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NEVER had the Spaniards sent so formidable an army to America as that commanded by Morillo: ten thousand five hundred men, first-class artillery, and three- decker battleships.

An explosion nearly cost the general his life; one of the largest frigates blew up with nine hundred men, but this unfortunate beginning did not prevent Morillo from taking possession of Cartagena, where he found nothing but ruins and rotting corpses. Famine even more than bombardment had conquered the besieged city.

Nevertheless, Bolivar left Jamaica; he took with him all the patriots on the island and set sail for Hayti; on the way he fell in with two Spanish brigs, which were captured by boarding.

In Hayti, Bolivar was kindly received by the negro President Pétion. Fêtes were given in his honour. This nation of revolted slaves, who had beaten Rochambeau, looked with a favourable eye on every attempt to rise against the Europeans. Pétion offered Bolivar a number of guns, barrels of powder, and shells.

On February 6th, there arrived at Cayes a boat which had managed to cheat the vigilance of the Spaniards and which bore all the surviving leaders from Cartagena: Piar, Mariño, Bermudez, the Scots


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