El Libertador: Writings of Simón Bolívar

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Oxford University Press, 2003 - Literary Collections - 235 pages
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General Sim�n Bol�var (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. Bol�var 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 Bol�var'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 Bol�var 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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Contents

SERIES EDITORS GENERAL INTRODUCTION
ix
AN OVERVIEW OF THE BOLIVARIAN SOURCES
xviii
INTRODUCTION
xxvii
Education and Culture
xlvii
Memorial Addressed to
3
Response from a South American to
12
The Angostura Address 15 February 1819
31
The Bolivian Constitution 1826
54
Congress the End of the Dictatorship and Announcing
143
Final Proclamation of the Liberator
150
Letter to Baptis Irvine Agent of the United States
156
Invitation to the Governments of Colombia Mexico
159
Letter to Colonel Patrick Campbell British Charge
172
Application of Capital Punishment to Officials Who Have
197
Method to Be Employed in the Education of My Nephew
205
NOTES
219

Constituent Congress of the Republic of Colombia
103
Lessea Bolivaaian Texts
113
17 October 1817
130
6 March 1826
137
Message to the Convention of Ocana
223
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
233
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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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