Liberation in South America, 1806-1827: The Career of James Paroissien

Liberation in South America, 1806-1827: The Career of James Paroissien

Liberation in South America, 1806-1827: The Career of James Paroissien

Liberation in South America, 1806-1827: The Career of James Paroissien

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In this book I have attempted, not so much to write a biography, as to provide an introduction to the study of one of the great revolutions in modern history. James Paroissien is unknown in England. He is not well-known in South America. But, himself an actor in the drama of South American independence, he was associated with great movements and he was the witness of great events. His career almost exactly spans the years which saw the liberation of South America from European control and the opening of the continent to the trade of the world, and, illustrating these movements, it illustrates also the beginnings of those intimate connexions which were then established between England and South America.

My obligations are many. To Mr. Alfred E. Jones and Mr. W. R. A. Young of the firm of Cunnington Son and Orfeur of Braintree, Essex, I owe a special debt of gratitude, not only for the generosity with which they placed the Paroissien Papers in their possession at my disposal, but also for their continued interest in the progress of my work and for their readiness to help me in every possible way. I am most grateful also to H.E. Sr. Don Manuel Bianchi for his kindness in allowing me to reproduce the portrait of Paroissien which now hangs in the Chilean Embassy in London and which, painted in 1819 by the Peruvian artist, José Gil de Castro, then living in Chile, originally reached England in 1820 as a gift from Paroissien to his sister. Mrs. M. Blanco Fombona de Hood, of the Venezuelan Embassy in London, kindly allowed me to make use of the engraving of Bolívar, in her possession, which Bolívar himself presented to Sir Robert Wilson. The two Brazilian illustrations I owe to the courtesy of Mr. Rex Nan Kivell and Mr. Sidney F. Sabin. I am indebted to Mr. G. Nothman, of the Brazilian Embassy in London, to Mr. Stephen Clissold, of the British Council, and to Dr. EugenioPereira Salas . . .

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