…wanted slaves to fight in the Independence wars so that battle casualties would limit the numbers of Black people, he said.

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4 Responses to Bolívar

  1. Spanish Prof says:

    Argentina definitely put that into play in la “Guerra de la Triple Alianza” in 1870

  2. Z says:

    Bolívar was also quite ambivalent on slavery. To be looked up is when he agreed to / promised abolition: it is not as simple as having promised abolition in Nueva Granada only after Spain did, but there are a complex set of ambiguous or ambivalent positions and actions taken.

  3. Spanish Prof says:

    I always teach my students how Bolivar was more complex and ambiguous than the Chavez type reevindication sets him out to be. We always read carefully “Carta de Jamaica”, and it is quite obvious.

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