Between 1817 and 1825, 10,000 British mercenaries, many of them veterans of the Napoleonic Wars, left Europe to join the armies and navies of Bolivar, San Martin, and other leaders fighting to liberate their countries from the colonial domination of Spain and Portugal. Very few of these mercenaries came back. Many succumbed to tropical diseases or battles, and the remainder settled in the new states that they helped to create. This two-volume edition tells the little known story of these freedom mercenaries. Using historical evidence, this work offers a complete study of the struggle of both Britons and South Americans in these Wars of Independence and analyzes their actions in the larger context of the foreign policies of the United Kingdom, France, the United States, Imperial Russia, and the German States. Each volume features self-contained, but complementary chapters that follow one major unit or volunteer. Written in an approachable style, this book offers insight into an under-examined historical epic.
Moises Enrique Rodriguez can be contacted at email@example.com or +41 79-4148250 for information about his books and to obtain signed and dedicated copies of them.
He was born in Bogota (Colombia) on 6th June 1962 and was educated in the United Kingdom, where he obtained Engineering degrees from the Universities of Hertfordshire and Birmingham. He has lived in Switzerland since 1987 where he has occupied several positions in the fields of Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Information Technology.
Moises Enrique Rodriguez admits to having read technical subjects for purely mercenary reasons ("they get you jobs which pay for the really interesting things in life"). He has always had a "double life" and has been a voracious reader of history and international affairs since childhood. He has put this hobby to good use and between 1980 and 1991 was the European correspondent of "El Siglo", a Bogota newspaper. Based first in England and later in Switzerland, he published more than 250 articles in his column. During this period, he was an Associate Member of the London Foreign Press Association.
Moises Enrique Rodriguez won three prizes for short stories in Colombia and several prizes for non-fiction essays in the United Kingdom. He has published papers in the journals of the Society for Irish-Latin American Studies, the Military History Society of Ireland, The Instituto Browniano (Argentina) and the Real Academia de Historia (Spain). He belongs to several Engineering associations, in whose journals he has written a number of articles.
In 2006, he published "Freedom's Mercenaries" (2 volumes, 950 pages) in which he tells the story of the thousands of foreign volunteers (mainly British and Irish) who fought in the Wars of Independence of Latin America (1810-1825). In 2009 he published "Under the Flags of Freedom" (533 pages), in which he deals with the British and Irish volunteers in the Portuguese War of the Two Brothers, the First Carlist War in Spain and the Greek War of Independence (1821-1840).
He is currently working on two book projects: "The Wild Geese: Irish Mercenaries and their descendents in the Armies of continental Europe (1587-1818)" and "A History of the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance".