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Bolívar: the future for victory

Read the article by Alejandro López from Futuro en Movimiento here

In the heat of the fight and in the worst circumstances, Bolívar always finds a possibility for victory in the future. While he lived his first exile in Nueva Granda, on December 15, 1812 he wrote the Cartagena Manifesto, where he points out that the future of the patriot cause is in Venezuela, the cradle of continental Independence, and calls “to break the chains of those victims who moan in the dungeons, always waiting for their salvation from you; do not mock his confidence; Do not be insensitive to the cries of your brothers. Go quickly to avenge the dead, to give life to the dying, freedom to the oppressed, and freedom to all.” A few months later he will be recognized as The Liberator, in Mérida and Caracas, after the triumph of the Admirable Campaign.

Two years later, the insurgent forces of Venezuela and New Granada were defeated, in the Jamaican letter On September 6, 1815, Bolívar once again placed his trust in the future and assured that… “the American provinces are struggling to emancipate themselves; at last they will obtain the event; some will be constituted in a regular way into federated and central Republics; Monarchies will almost inevitably be founded in the great sections, and some will be so unhappy that they will devour their elements, either in the current one or in future revolutions; that a great monarchy will not be easy to consolidate”… A decade later, except for Cuba and Puerto Rico, the Spanish crown had lost all its colonies in America.

On February 15, 1819, Bolívar managed to bring together the second Venezuelan Congress and at the installation ceremony he pronounced the Angostura speech; a constitutional proposal for the necessary union of the American peoples, in which it expresses a purpose that goes beyond its time: “Flying through the next ages, my imagination is fixed on future centuries, and observing from there, with admiration and amazement, the prosperity, the splendor, the life that this vast region has received (...) I already see it serving as a bond, a center, an emporium for the human family..." That same year the Liberator commands the military campaign that expels the monarchy of New Granada and creates the great Republic of Colombia. From then on, the liberation of Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru, between 1821 and 1824, the birth of Bolivia in 1825 and the installation of the Amphictyonic Congress of Panama in 1826, made possible the realization of the Bolivarian project of equality, independence and continental unity; the same constitutional and popular project of Commander Hugo Chávez, for which we fight today, together with President Nicolás Maduro, to continue building a future of victories; a future of Homeland. 

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