IN circumstances more than difficult, Miranda was making superhuman efforts.
In the mines at Barquisimeto the Spaniards had regained very important material of war which they had considered lost for ever. The negroes rebelled, burned the country houses, and murdered their masters. Miranda protected the towns from pillage and crushed the negro rising, but he felt clearly that the end was coming.
He summoned a Council at Victoria to consider what steps to take; there were present: F. Espejo, J. G. Roscio, Casa-León, F. A. Paul, and Sata y Bussy. All were of opinion that they must treat with Monteverde. The Spaniards occupied three quarters of the country, and threatened Caracas. But Miranda knew very well that their terms would be ruinous. He needed a victory even if it were a short-lived one; a success would allow him to be more exacting; he must make them think that he had still some resources.
On July 11th he attacked the enemy.
On the 12th, Monteverde granted an armistice to discuss the terms. Sata y Bussy and Manuel Aldoa came to his headquarters at Valencia. Miranda as Dictator demanded the evacuation of certain villages, recognition of the Venezuelan Constitution, and liberty for those who wished to leave the country. No