Conquer or Die!

Conquer or Die!

Wellington’s Veterans and the Liberation of the New World

General Military
  • Author: Ben Hughes
  • Short code: GNM
  • Publication Date: 10 Aug 2010
  • Number of Pages: 392
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In the aftermath of Waterloo, over 6,000 British volunteers sailed across the Atlantic to aid Simon Bolivar in his liberation of Gran Columbia from her oppressors in Madrid. The expeditions were plagued with disaster from the start, one ship sank shortly after leaving Portsmouth with the loss of almost 200 lives. Those who reached the New World faced disease, wild animals, mutiny and desertion. Conditions on campaign were appalling, massacres were commonplace, rations crude, pay infrequent and supplies insufficient. Nevertheless, those who endured made key contributions to Bolivar's success.

Biographical Note

Ben Hughes is an ESOL and EFL Lecturer. After graduating from Leeds University in 1997, he spent several years teaching and travelling throughout South America. His passion for the continent and a lifelong interest in the Napoleonic era led him to this project. He now lives in North London with his Colombian wife.


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