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Nineteenth-Century British Perspectives on Spanish America Volume I: Romanticism and Revolutions

Edited By Marisa Palacios Knox Copyright 2024

    The sources in this volume focus on Great Britain’s moral, financial, and diplomatic interventions and ambitions in Latin America. It begins during the wars of independence spanning 1810-1825, when Foreign Secretary George Canning prematurely declared, "Spanish America is free; and if we do not mismanage our affairs sadly, she is English." The independence movements of the former Spanish and Portuguese colonies, as well as their ancient past, inspired Romantic writers such as Anna Letitia Barbauld and spurred British military support and political debate, as attested by mercenary Richard Vowell’s Campaigns and Cruises in Venezuela and James Mill's "Emancipation of Spanish America."


    Volume I - Romanticism and Revolutions


    Part 1. Poetry and Drama

    1. S. Rogers, The Voyage of Columbus. A Poem, excerpts

    2. A. L. Barbauld, Eighteen Hundred and Eleven: A Poem, excerpt

    3. W. L. Bowles, The Missionary: A Poem, excerpt

    4. J. S. Walker, The South American, A Metrical Tale, in Four Cantos, with Historical Notes and Other Poems, excerpt

    5. J. Keats, ‘On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer’

    6. G. Gordon, Lord Byron, The Age of Bronze; or, Carmen seculare et annus haud mirabilis, excerpt

    7. H. M. Williams, ‘Peruvian Tales’, Poems on Various Subjects. With Introductory Remarks on the Present State of Science and Literature in France, excerpt

    8. J. R. Planché, Cortez: Or, The Conquest of Mexico: an Historical Drama, in Three Acts, excerpt

    9. R. Southey, A Tale of Paraguay, excerpts

    Part 2. Military Interventions and Adventures

    10. H. Popham, ‘Secret Paper on South America’

    11. A. Gillespie, Gleanings and Remarks: Collected During Many Months of Residence at Buenos Ayres, and Within the Upper Country¸ excerpt

    12. [J. G. P. Tucker], A Narrative of the Operations of a Small British Force: Under the Command of Brigadier-General Sir Samuel Auchmuty, Employed in the Reduction of Monte Video, on the River Plate, A.D. 1807, excerpt

    13. Anon., An Authentic Narrative of the Proceedings of the Expedition Under the Command of Brigadier-Gen. Craufurd, excerpt

    14. M. Rafter, Memoirs of Gregor M’Gregor, excerpt

    15. G. Hippisley, A Narrative of the Expedition to the Rivers Orinoco and Apuré, excerpt

    16. C. Brown, Narrative of the Expedition to South America, excerpt

    17. J. H. Robinson, Journal of an Expedition 1400 Miles up the Orinoco and 300 up the Arauca, excerpt

    18. R. Vowell, Campaigns and Cruises, in Venezuela and New Gr[a]nada, excerpt

    19. T. Cochrane, Narrative of Services in the Liberation of Chili, Peru, and Brazil: From Spanish and Portuguese Domination, excerpts

    20. Anon., Recollections of a Service of Three Years During the War-of-extermination in the Republics of Venezuela and Colombia, excerpt

    21. T. Sutcliffe, Sixteen Years in Chile and Peru: From 1822 to 1839, excerpts

    22. John Miller, Memoirs of General Miller, excerpt

    Part 3. Diplomacy and Politics

    23. R. Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh, ‘Memorandum for the Cabinet, relative to South America’

    24. J. Mill, ‘The Emancipation of Spanish America’, excerpts

    25. W. B. Stevenson, Historical and Descriptive Narrative of Twenty Years' Residence in South America, excerpts

    26. W. P. Robertson and J. P. Robertson, Letters on Paraguay, excerpt

    27. B. Hall, Extracts from a Journal, Written on the Coasts of Chili, Peru, and Mexico, in the Years 1820, 1821, 1822, excerpt

    28. G. Canning, ‘Extract of a Memorandum of a Conference between the Prince de Polignac and Mr. Canning, held Oct. 9th, 1823’, excerpts

    29. F. Hall, Colombia: It’s Present State, excerpt

    30. J. Mackintosh, Substance of the Speech of Sir James Mackintosh in the House of Commons, June 15, 1824, excerpts

    31. J. P. Hamilton, Travels Through the Interior Provinces of Columbia, excerpt

    32. G. A. Thompson, Narrative of an Official Visit to Guatemala from Mexico, excerpt

    33. T. Carlyle, ‘Dr. Francia’, excerpts



    Marisa Knox is a professor in the English department at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.