Recollections of a Service of Three Years During the War-of-extermination in the Republics of Venezuela and Columbia, Volume 2

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Hunt and Clarke, 1828 - América española
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This is a very interesting book which I had been looking for for several years sincd I read a very poor translation into Spanish in an Argentinean edition containing Books 1 and 2, printed in 1945 and reprinte in Caracas 1n May 1977.
I haven´t been able, though, to find the first part: Book (volume) 1 in your Google Library.
I am, specially, interestedin Book 1 because it may clarify some details that I find doubtful in the Spanish translation. I´ll appreciate your help. Thnk you.
Leopoldo Augusto Taylhardat,
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Page 177 - ... Llanero cavalry. This is an account of the feat as given by an eye-witness who was attached to the British Legion: "Bolivar stood on the shore gazing at these [the gunboats] in despair, and continued disconsolately parading in front of them, when Paez, who had been on the look out, rode up and inquired the cause of his disquietude. His Excellency observed: 'I would give the world to have possession of the Spanish flotilla, for without it I can never cross the river, and the troops are unable...
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