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Original Manuscript Bolivar's Jamaica Letter Found

Original Manuscript Bolivar's Jamaica Letter Found

Posted by Juan Gavasa on November 05, 2014

The historical document about the Latin American process of independance is about to celebrate its 200th anniversary. The original manuscript of the Letter of Jamaica written by Simon Bolivar, was discovered on Tuesday in Ecuador, announced Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

“The letter is in Spanish, and draws attention to the fact that it contains one paragraph that had been omitted in the English version [the official language of Jamaica],” the Bolivarian leader explained during a cultural activity in San Felipe, in the Venezuelan province of Yaracuy.

The document's authenticity was confirmed by a Venezuelan commission led by the former minister Pedro Calzadilla. An Ecuadorean historian found the document in the public archives of the Andean country, said Calzadilla.

“We need to convoke the [Ecuadorean] President Rafael Correa because 2015 will be the Bicentennial of this highly important and foundational document of our America,” he added.The document will be exhibited during the UNASUR summit in Quito, the Ecuadorean capital.

President Maduro argued that if paragraphs are missing from the English version, the reason would be ideological.

The Letter of Jamaica sums up the political and strategical project of Bolivar. It is addressed to Jamaican/English friend, Henry Cullen, dated of September 6, 1815, in Kingston. However it clearly had a more political motive, of warning England from interferring in the fight for independence.

The oldest text previously available had been the draft version in English, preserved in the National Archive of Colombia, in Bogota.

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