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General Victoriano Lorenzo’s Captors

The image is of Vicente Guerrero- an excellent example of a “pardo” soldier who rose through the ranks in the Mexican Revolutionary struggles against Spain to become President of the nation in 1829.

See The Majestic Life of President Vicente Guerrero

As General Victoriano Lorenzo awaited trial by a military court the Mulattos, who made up the troops who guarded him, acted as if he had been their most feared enemy. Many of them had fought against his army and had been summarily routed. However, they had been indoctrinated to be haters and killers of Indians. The Colombian army, in fact, was like almost all the armies of liberation in the countries surrounding the beautiful Andean mountains, hot and stalwart with the Creole spirit like the nearby volcanoes and glaciers. Continue reading

General Manuel Carlos Piar (1782-1817): Afro-Hispanic Freedom Fighter

As one of our forefathers the story of this freedom fighter’s life inspired me to take the road of divulging to our readers the facts of this little known personality in the spirit of our race. For us his experience highlights the experiences of many of our ancestors who have suffered since they were brought to this continent as little more than cattle, a whole multitude of innocent souls unjustly chained together, many centuries ago. Continue reading