Chapter X WAR TO THE DEATH

BOLÍVAR had not received from the Congress at Tunja outright permission to lead the troops of New Granada into Venezuela. Anxious as he was to follow Correa and consummate his plan for liberation of his country, he dared not advance until that permission was granted. From Cúcuta he dispatched a letter to the Congress, describing the victories of his army thus far, and begging not that he be allowed to continue on to Caracas --for he knew the Congress would never agree to any such mad scheme--but merely that he might advance to the cities of Mérida and Trujillo in order to complete the demolition of Correa's force. But Tunja was a long way off. He would have more than two months of waiting before he could hope for a reply.

He used that time to advantage. He sent José Félix Ribas, his kinsman and old friend, who had come from Curaçao to join him, to Santa Fé de Bogotá to win sympathy and help from the republican government there.

That city, the oldest and most cultured of the northern Andean capitals, had been the seat of the viceroyalty of New Granada and was now the capital of the Republic of Cundinamarca, independent of the Congress of Tunja. Its president was Antonio Nariño. This was that intellectual patriot Nariño who had been imprisoned in Cádiz for printing and distributing The Rights of Alan in Santa Fé. He had escaped from the Spanish prison, returned to Bogotá, was imprisoned again and released during the successful revolution of Cartagena in 1810. Then he had

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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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