El Libertador: Writings of Simi'An Boli'Avar

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General Simón Bolívar (1783-1830), called El Liberator, and sometimes the "George Washington" of Latin America, was the leading hero of the Latin American independence movement. His victories over Spain won independence for Bolivia, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. Bolívar became Columbia's first president in 1819. In 1822, he became dictator of Peru. Upper Peru became a separate state, which was named Bolivia in Bolívar's honor, in 1825. The constitution, which he drew up for Bolivia, is one of ...
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General Simón Bolívar (1783-1830), called El Liberator, and sometimes the "George Washington" of Latin America, was the leading hero of the Latin American independence movement. His victories over Spain won independence for Bolivia, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. Bolívar became Columbia's first president in 1819. In 1822, he became dictator of Peru. Upper Peru became a separate state, which was named Bolivia in Bolívar's honor, in 1825. The constitution, which he drew up for Bolivia, is one of his most important political pronouncements. Today he is remembered throughout South America, and in Venezuela and Bolivia his birthday is a national holiday.

Although Bolívar never prepared a systematic treatise, his essays, proclamations, and letters constitute some of the most eloquent writing not of the independence period alone, but of any period in Latin American history. His analysis of the region's fundamental problems, ideas on political organization and proposals for Latin American integration are relevant and widely read today, even among Latin Americans of all countries and of all political persuasions. The "Cartagena Letter," the "Jamaica Letter," and the "Angostura Address," are widely cited and reprinted.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780195144802
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Series: Library of Latin America Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 5.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David Bushnell is Professor Emeritus of History and Latin American Studies, University of Florida. Fred Fornoff is Professor of Spanish and Humanities, University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown.

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Table of Contents

Series Editors' General Introduction
Chronology of Simon Bolivar
An Overview of the Bolivarian Sources
Translator's Note
Introduction
I The Major Political Statements
The Cartagena Manifesto: Memorial addressed to the Citizens of New Granada by a Citizen from Caracas (15 December 1812) 3
The Jamaica Letter: Response from a South American to a Gentleman from This Island (6 September 1815) 12
The Angostura Address (15 February 1819) 31
The Bolivian Constitution (1826) 54
I Address to the Constituent Congress (25 May 1826) 54
II Draft of a Constitution for Bolivia 64
Message to the Convention of Ocana (29 February 1828) 86
A Glance at Spanish America (1829) 95
Address to the "Congreso Admirable": Message to the Constituent Congress of the Republic of Colombia (20 January 1830) 103
II Lesser Bolivarian Texts
Oath Taken in Rome (15 August 1805) 113
Decree of War to the Death (15 June 1813) 115
Manifesto to the Nations of the World (20 September 1813) 117
Manifesto of Carupano (7 September 1814) 126
Manifesto on the Execution of General Manuel Piar (17 October 1817) 130
Declaration of Angostura (20 November 1818) 132
My Delirium on Chimborazo (1822) 135
Letter to Jose Antonio Paez: "Nor Am I Napoleon" (6 March 1826) 137
A Soldier's Death Penalty Commuted (26 January 1828) 139
Manifesto Justifying the Dictatorship (27 August 1828) 141
Manifesto Concerning the Installation of the Constituent Congress, the End of the Dictatorship, and Announcing the End of His Political Career (20 January 1830) 143
Letter to General Juan Jose Flores: "Ploughing the Sea" (9 November 1830) 145
Final Proclamation of the Liberator (10 December 1830) 150
Letter to Sir Richard Wellesley: An Appeal for Support (27 May 1815) 153
Letter to Baptis Irvine, Agent of the United States of America to Venezuela: Debating Neutral Rights (20 August 1818) 156
Invitation to the Governments of Colombia, Mexico, Rio de la Plata, Chile, and Guatemala to Hold a Congress in Panama (7 December 1824) 159
Letter to General Francisco de Paula Santander: The Brazilian Empire, Upper Peru, North Americans, and Other Problems (30 May 1825) 162
Thoughts on the Congress to Be Held in Panama (1826) 169
Letter to General Lafayette: On George Washington (20 March 1826) 171
Letter to Colonel Patrick Campbell, British Charge d'Affaires: "Plague America with Miseries" (5 August 1829) 172
Decree for the Emancipation of the Slaves (2 June 1816) 177
Redistribution of Properties as Compensation for Officers and Soldiers (10 October 1817) 179
Letter to General Francisco de Paula Santander: On Slave Recruitment (18 April 1820) 182
Decrees on Indian Rights, Lands, and Tribute
I Decree Abolishing Personal Service Imposed on the Native Peoples: New Statute Governing Their Work (20 May 1820) 184
II Proclamation of the Civil Rights of Indians and Prohibition of Their Exploitation by Officials, Priests, Local Authorities, and Landowners (4 July 1825) 187
III Resolution on the Redistribution of Communal Lands (4 July 1825) 189
IV Resolution That Colombian Indians Pay a Tax Called "a Personal Tribute from Indigenous Peoples" (15 October 1828) 191
Application of Capital Punishment to Officials Who Have Taken Money from Public Funds (12 January 1824) 197
Measures for the Protection and Wise Use of the Nation's Forest Resources: Bolivar As Ecologist (31 July 1829) 199
Method to Be Employed in the Education of My Nephew Fernando Bolivar (1822?) 205
Decree on the Installation of Several Normal Schools Based on the Lancasterian System (31 January 1825) 207
Letters to Jose Joaquin de Olmedo: Critique of the "Victoria de Junin"
I 27 June 1825 209
II 12 July 1825 211
Circular on Educational Reform: Bentham Treatises Banned from All Colombian Universities (12 March 1828) 214
Prohibition of Secret Societies (8 November 1828) 216
Notes 219
Select Bibliography 233
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