Chapter VIII "BLESSÉ AU CŒUR"

MIRANDA left the army opposing Monteverde in the command of Colonel Ustáritz and went to Caracas to raise more troops and funds. He was in supreme authority at last, with no Congress to harass or hinder him. The Secretary of War had ordered, in conferring the dictatorial powers, "Do not consult any but the supreme law of saving the nation." But it came too late. Something had-gone out of the ex-general of France. The many disappointments and failures had undermined his faith in the Venezuelan people and shaken his self- confidence--though not his ego.

Colonel Bolívar was ordered to take command at the coast town of Puerto Cabello. Though far removed from the scene of hostilities, this was really an important post, for it was the best harbor on the coast and was dominated by a fortress in which a large number of wealthy and influential royalist sympathizers were imprisoned; but Bolívar accepted with ill grace, feeling that it was a deliberate move on the part of Miranda to get him out of the way--which it may have been.

With a draggle-tail and undisciplined army of 2300 men and ten pieces of artillery, Miranda marched out of Caracas on the first of May. He followed the Andean Cordillera southwestward, joined forces with the main army and took a position in the city of Maracay. Ustáritz had been defeated by Monteverde in several battles, during which his whole cavalry had gone over to the enemy. Nevertheless, Miranda now found himself commanding

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Preface xi
  • I: Guapo 1
  • Chapter I Polvorín 3
  • Chapter III an Oath in Rome 19
  • Chapter IV the Powder Keg Explodes 35
  • Chapter V the Precursor 45
  • Chapter VI the Red Cap 51
  • Chapter VII "Even Nature Opposes" 58
  • Ii: Paladin 67
  • Chapter VIII "BlessÉ Au CŒur" 69
  • Chapter IX Glory is Born 81
  • Chapter X War to the Death 92
  • Chapter XI a Gilded Chariot 106
  • Interlude a Contradiction--Liberator and Dictator 109
  • Iii: Prophet in His Own Land 117
  • Chapter XII the Infernal Legion 119
  • Chapter XIII Hussars from Spain 134
  • Chapter XIV Jamaica Letter 144
  • Interlude Hombría 152
  • Iv: Path of Glory 163
  • Chapter XV the Centaur 165
  • Chapter XVI Red Coats in Guayana 180
  • Chapter XVII the BolÍvar Constitution 195
  • Chapter XVIII "Even to Cape Horn" 208
  • Chapter XIX BoyacÁ-New Granada Liberated 219
  • Chapter XX the Colombian Union 228
  • Chapter XXI Carabobo -- Venezuela Liberated 237
  • Chapter XXII the Path Leads Southward 249
  • Chapter XXIII Pichincha -- Quito Liberated 258
  • Chapter XXIV the Land of the Incas 274
  • Chapter XXV Ayacucho--PerÚ Liberated 287
  • Interlude an Amazon and Jeweled Wreaths 296
  • V: Laurels, Not a Crown 307
  • Chapter XXVI the Pinnacle 309
  • Chapter XXVII "Everything for Glory" 320
  • Chapter XXVIII the Path Leads Downward 332
  • Postlude the Path Ends 346
  • Chapter XXIX "The Great Gentleman of Colombia" 353
  • Author's Note 361
  • Acknowledgments 367
  • Bibliography 369
  • Index 379
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