My Own Old Glory!

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Venezuela's Flag. Originally conceived by Don Francisco de Miranda. A son of a wealthy Creole family, during his youth,"he was in an uncomfortable position: because he was born in Venezuela, he was not accepted by the Spaniards and those children born in Spain. Creoles, however, were unkind to him because they envied the great wealth of his family." This snubbing from both sides left an impression on Francisco that would never fade. "Miranda joined the Spanish army and was commissioned as an officer. He fought in Morocco. He fought against the British in Florida and even helped send assistance to George Washington before the Battle of Yorktown. He was a friend of George Washington, Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Paine. Revolutionary ideas began to take hold in his keen mind.Spanish agents watched him closely in London." In Europe he was a general in the French Revolution and the lover of Catherine the Great of Russia. "Back in London in 1789, he began to try and get British support for an independence movement in South America.

He try the famous 1806 adventure-Invasion off the Venezuelan coast and fail, the spanish go king wanted his head. In 1810 he returned to Venezuela and joint "The Creole patriots, whom led by Simón Bolívar and other leaders like him, had declared provisional independence from Spain." He did not live to see South America freed from Spanish rule. In 1812, as the incipient Republic staggered under the pressure of the war and a terrible earthquake Miranda (as the first President) "made terms with Spanish commander Domingo Monteverde for an armistice. In the port of La Guaira, Miranda attempted to flee Venezuela before the arrival of royalist forces. Simon Bolivar and others, infuriated at Miranda's actions, arrested him and turned him over to the Spanish. Miranda was sent to a Spanish prison (La Carraca) where he remained until his death in 1816."

Extracts taken from "The man who paved the way for Simon Bolivar" an article

By Christopher Minster

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  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith   said (5 Mar 2014):

    Well done and wonderful illustration for the narrative.

  • Carl Kuntze

    Carl Kuntze gave props (23 Mar 2014):

    Forlorn symbol.

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone gave props (4 Apr 2014):

    Yaz, i agree with Susan, wonderful !

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