Adventuring Through Spanish Colonies: Simon Bolivar, Foreign Mercenaries and the Birth of New Nations (Liverpool Latin American Studies v. 8)
By: Matthew Brown (author)Paperback
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Between 1810 and 1825, 7,000 English, Scottish and Irish mercenaries sailed to Gran Colombia to fight against Spanish colonial rule under the rebel forces of Simon Bolivar. Their motives were mixed. Some travelled for money, others travelled for honour. "Adventuring Through Spanish Colonies" explores the lives of these men their encounters with other soldiers, indigenous people, local women and slaves as recounted in documents that fall outside the usual remit of military, political and economic historians. Matthew Brown considers the social and cultural aspects of the presence of these foreigners', and shows how they were an essential part of the revolution which eventually gave South America its freedom. Using archival research from England, Scotland, Ireland, Spain, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Colombia, "Adventuring Through Spanish Colonies" clearly shows the active role that these mercenaries, informal outriders of the British Empire, played in the creation of Latin America as we know it today.
Matthew Brown is a Lecturer in Latin American Studies, University of Bristol.
Figures, Maps and Tables p. viii Preface p. ix Abbreviations p. xiii Introduction p. 1 1. The Context for Adventure p. 13 2 The Terrain of Adventure in Gran Columbia p. 39 3 The Practicalities of Adventure p. 61 4 Negotiating Honour p. 81 5 Nations and Armies p. 110 6 Race, Slavery and Abolitionism p. 133 7 Veteran Soldiers and the State p. 156 8 Settling In p. 173 9 After Adventure p. 202 Conclusion p. 214 Glossary p. 221 Bibliography p. 223 Index p. 259
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