What price freedom? Simón Bolívar: the ‘Liberator of South America’ attained great glory... but, at what a cost. The butchery he and his ragtag army inflicted on the population was every bit as brutal as that carried out by the Spanish before him. Hundreds upon hundreds of thousands of innocents, likely just trying to keep a low profile, died at the hands of the warring parties. Man’s inhumanity to man is once more displayed in full colour throughout. The words ‘ghastly’, ‘grisly’ and ‘gruesome’ come nowhere close to describing the atrocities committed by the two sides.
A very sad aspect of this history is that the common man—those whom survived the war—were left little if any better off than they were before. As soon as the Spanish tyrant packed up and went home, regional warlords took over and ran roughshod over the population. More tragic still is that, to this day, all but a few South American nations are ruled by despots or oligarchs and live in poverty while their oppressors get richer on graft and bribes the multinationals pay for the privilege of unchecked raping and pillaging.
On a positive note... the author has written a very detailed—perhaps too detailed—account of the events leading up to and through the continent’s independence from the Spanish Empire.
Interesting.. somewhat disjointed.. due to chaotic nature of the revolution.
didn't know Simon was such mean fella and so free with the ladies..
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