All listings for this product
Best-selling in Textbooks
Save on Textbooks
- AU $35.30Trending at AU $38.10
- AU $8.59Trending at AU $13.98
- AU $15.52Trending at AU $23.38
- AU $30.82Trending at AU $34.99
- AU $32.75Trending at AU $55.48
- AU $91.99Trending at AU $99.92
- AU $30.02Trending at AU $32.14
About this product
- DescriptionThis is, firstly, the story of Richard Longfield Vowell, an audacious and intrepid young English adventurer who abandoned his studies at Oxford in 1817 to fight against the Spanish Empire that had ruled Latin America for 300 years. It is also the story of the little kwn British Legion, formed of English and Irish volunteers, which became an integral part of Simon Bolivar's patriot army. The British Legion played a crucial role in training the patriot forces to face Spanish troops battle-hardened in the Peninsular Wars. With the words'Liberty or Death!' emblazoned on a black banner, Bolivar set out to liberate Venezuela, and indeed, South America. For the bold and the idealistic, his quest was the stuff of dreams, and in England there had never before been such intense interest in the destiny of the Spanish colonies. Bolivar's exploits were reported assiduously in the English press, so much so that the Spanish authorities called it'a South American mania.' Bolivar lacked a modern army and with England awash with officers and soldiers demobilized from the Peninsular Wars, he took the opportunity to obtain campaign-seasoned fighting men. So it was that in distant Venezuela, Vowell and fewer than 2,000 other British volunteers, distinguished themselves in battle. In Chile too there was a desperate need for a navy to counter Spanish warships and so Bernardo O'Higgins sought British officers to help form the celebrated First Chilean Squadron. Richard Vowell was recruited by the British naval hero, Admiral Lord Thomas Cochrane, to sail with the Chilean Squadron, and he became Commander of the Infantry Marines. He took part in the final naval battle that vanquished forever the Spanish Navy in the Americas. After the wars in Latin America ended, Vowell returned to England and wrote a seminal book on the campaigns in Venezuela, New Grenada and the Pacific Ocean. Though t well kwn in the English-speaking world, he is considered to be a heroic figure and an insightful historian among Latin American scholars who frequently cite his work. This important first biography is based on extensive research undertaken in three continents. It uncovers information previously unkwn about Vowell's exciting life and daring exploits- from his birth in a genteel English country town, to his campaigns in the far-off Americas, and to his period in the harsh landscape of Australia, where he confronted ather empire and was subsequently and unjustly imprisoned on a remote Pacific island from which he made a dramatic escape. This absorbing account sheds light on a lost but fascinating episode of British endeavour and valour and its contribution to the shaping of the modern Americas.
- Author BiographyMaria Paez Victor is a sociologist, born in Caracas, Venezuela where she obtained her first degree. She has an MA from the University of Kent at Canterbury and a Ph.D. from York University, Canada. She lives in Toronto, and travels regularly to Venezuela and Britain. A life-long enthusiast of Latin American and British history and politics, she participates regularly on Canadian and Venezuelan television, radio, and at public events, and has published numerous articles on recent and historical topics in both English and Spanish. As a curious anecdote, while researching for this book, a remote personal connection surfaced with Richard Vowell, who served under three revolutionary generals who are in the author's family tree, among them Jose Antonio Paez, leader of the Llanero cavalry and later President of Venezuela.
- Author(s)Maria Paez Victor
- PublisherTiger Books (UK)
- Date of Publication31/07/2013
- SubjectBiography: Historical, Political & Military
- Place of PublicationCrowborough
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintTiger Books (UK)
- Out-of-print date11/05/2017
- Content NoteIllustrations and maps
- Weight600 g
- Width150 mm
- Height230 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Edited byRobert Forsyth
This item doesn't belong on this page.
Thanks, we'll look into this.