Bolivar the Liberator

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XXXIII

MORILLO wrote to Ferdinand VII to report on the critical situation in which he found himself. His troops had suffered considerable losses, all the reënforcements which he might have expected from Porto Rico and Peru had been used up; he had no more fighting men but the garrisons in the north of New Granada, inadequate against so strong an adversary as Bolivar, whose army swelled from day to day, and whose soldiers, knowing the country and supported by its inhabitants, were increasingly to be feared.

A formidable expedition was in preparation in the south of Andalusia. This war was dragging out, and Spain began to weary of the continual demands of her generals. The colonies must be subdued at all costs.

Happily for them a military rising led by Captain Riego forced Ferdinand VII to restore the Constitution of Cadiz, which the King had quietly suppressed when he regained his throne. Difficulties sprang up on every side, and little by little the expeditionary force melted away. There was a hope that the restoration of the Constitution would be enough to satisfy the American republicans. They, on the contrary, saw in the abdication of royal authority but a result of their demands; since the central government had given way on one point, it might give way on others. The last defenders of Spanish rule came over to the republican side.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface ix
  • Illustrations xi
  • II 6
  • III 11
  • IV 15
  • V 20
  • VI 24
  • VII 30
  • VIII 34
  • IX 39
  • X 43
  • XI 46
  • XII 50
  • XIII 54
  • XIV 60
  • XV 65
  • XVI 68
  • XVII 72
  • XVIII 75
  • XIX 82
  • XXI 89
  • XII 93
  • XIII 96
  • XIV 98
  • XXV 102
  • XXVI 105
  • XXVII 111
  • XXVIII 114
  • XXIX 118
  • XXXI 125
  • XXXII 130
  • XXXIII 134
  • XXXIV 138
  • XXXV 141
  • XXXVI 144
  • XXXVII 150
  • XXXVIII 155
  • XXXIX 160
  • XL 163
  • XLI 167
  • XLII 170
  • XLIII 173
  • XLIV 177
  • XLV 180
  • XLVI 185
  • XLVII 188
  • XLVIII 189
  • XLIX 191
  • L 195
  • Index 199
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