Selected Writings of Bolivar - Vol. 1

Selected Writings of Bolivar - Vol. 1

Selected Writings of Bolivar - Vol. 1

Selected Writings of Bolivar - Vol. 1

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This work has been prepared in order to make known in the English-speaking countries the role played by Bolivar in the war of independence of the Spanish colonies, his ideas on the union and solidarity of the peoples of America, and the form of government which he considered best suited to the Indo-Spaniards for the preservation of peace and order.

Colombia—la Gran Colombia—his major political achievement, ceased to exist upon breaking up into what had been the colonies of New Granada, Venezuela, and Quito. Later, Panamá broke away from the first of these. Not content with having liberated a large portion of Spanish America, Bolivar sought to endow it with lasting institutions. His political ideas, formed by direct observation and his own experience, were not, however, in accord with those held by the ruling groups in the various Spanish colonies, who desired to establish republics similar to that of the United States. His celebrated Bolivian constitution, conceived to govern a vast confederation, was adopted in Bolivia for but a brief time.

Of Bolivar's many efforts in behalf of Spanish America and of all America, there remain today only the military aspects of his work for independence; his idea of uniting all our American peoples into one vast confederation, with equal rights for all states, and with a permanent assembly possessing the necessary powers "to serve as a council in great conflicts, as an interpreter of treaties and as the conciliator of our differences;" and a treasury of maxims and thoughts —political, military, and moral—expressed in public documents and private letters.

Vicente Lecuna
Caracas,
January, 1948

This work was conceived by Vicente Lecuna and is sponsored by the Bank of Venezuela. Their purpose has been to make available to the English-reading public a segment of the writings of Simón Bolívar. Doctor Lecuna has devoted the greater part of his life to the collecting of Bolivarian materials. His interpretations of Bolivar's . . .

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