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Battle of Carabobo

Simón José Antonio de la Santísima Trinidad Bolívar y Palacios Ponte y Blanco might have become famous for having one of the most lengthy names in history (and I say this as someone with what is regarded as a pretty lengthy name), but he didn’t. Better known as Simón Bolívar (strangely) he is a hero throughout South America for helping to liberate no less than six Latin American nations from the enormous and very powerful Spanish Empire. He served as president of Bolivia, Peru, Venzuela and Gran Colombia (which encompassed modern day Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Panama). Venezuelan, and from a rather influential family (Caracas Cathederal was built with a side chapel for the Bolívar family, we’re talking *that* influential) and thanks to the copper mining pretty well off, Bolívar was influenced by the success of Napoleon I. After he emerged from military academy (which he had entered at 14 when his home schooling teacher had been accused of conspiracy against the Spanish and had to go into hiding) he returned to Venezuela filled with republican fire.
24 June 1821 was one of the decisive battles of his career, decisive too for Venezuela, as the Battle of Carabobo is what secured Venezuela’s independence from the Spanish overlords. The battle involved 6,500 to 8,000 of Bolívar’s forces (otherwise known as our dashing hero), and 4-5,000 of the Spanish forces (aka the bad guys). The republican insurgents were supported by the British Legions (who were not all British), a collection of volunteers, who motivated by everything from a distaste for Spain to a taste for money, played a role in several of Bolívar’s successes. The battle ended with 200 dead republicans but 2,908 captured, wounded or dead Spaniards.
You might wonder why we’re covering a battle for which Arcane sells none of the beligerents (though Matt Fritz of Junior General suggests this battle could be replicated with Napoleonic infantry)…well mostly because it’s a) fabulously named “Battle of Carabobo”, and b) features the equally fabulous Simón Bolívar of whom we are rather fond.
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