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By Robert N. Tracci
Congress must use its appropriations power to secure the border
Topic - Simón Bolívar
A time-honored cliche of historians is to refer to Simon Bolivar as the "George Washington of Latin America." To be sure, the 19th-century patriot was instrumental in the nationalist uprising that drove Spanish colonialism off the continent.
This is a blood-and-thunder tale about a little-known aspect of Simon Bolivar's fight for the independence of Venezuela and Colombia from the Spanish crown. It ascribes a significant role to certain British and Irish veterans of the Duke of Wellington's army who served in Bolivar's military campaigns against the royal colonial forces.
When Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands in April 1982 and ignited the Falklands War with Great Britain, many commentators saw the conflict as something of a quaint historical anomaly, a "throwback" campaign reminiscent of 19th century "petty scrapes" imperial Britain engaged in when the sun never set on its globe-circling empire.