Interlude A CONTRADICTION--LIBERATOR AND DICTATOR

TEN days of incredible activity. How he found time for all he accomplished during those first days in the capital is a mystery, especially considering the fact that he danced every night and pursued his new-found romance on the side. He wrote letters by the hundreds, pacing the floor in the early morning hours, dictating to three secretaries. To the Congress of New Garanada he sent grandiloquent messages of gratitude and assurances of submission to its authority. He wrote to Torres in Tunja and to Nariño in Santa Fé and dictated innumerable proclamations to the people and to the troops, urging them to continued labors in the cause of liberty.

Peace had been signed, but there was no peace. Fierro had fled the country without signing the pact his commissioners had accepted and Monteverde, secure in Puerto Cabello, declared that he had no intention of dealing with rebels. Spanish sympathizers were flocking into his ranks and the unguarded seacoast afforded him access to supplies from Puerto Rico.

So the war was still on. The country had been bled dry during the Spanish occupation, the patriot troops were in rags and starving. They had received no pay since crossing the Venezuelan border. Bolívar, in desperation, imprisoned the Spaniards who had fled to La Guaira, confiscated their property, levied upon the merchants of Caracas and disposed of some of his own estates to raise funds. On August 6, only ten days after he entered the

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Table of contents

  • 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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