“A North American” was one of the early pseudonyms used in Jamaica by whom would eventually be known as “The Liberator” Simón Bolívar. Its use says much of the worldview of a great man of history and shows that Bolívar considered himself as American as George Washington and Jose de San Martín. Today his dream of uniting the Americas is increasingly possible following the model of openness and integration of trade that the “Liberator” and Morelos in Latinamerica, as well as Washington and the framers of the Constitution of the United States of America in English speaking America, aspired to.
The struggle for the freedom of monarchical despotism had its genesis in the prohibition of free trade.
It was against the barriers to free trade and subsequent taxation that Americans armed themselves against monarchies. A “first cry” in this struggle was the famous “Boston Tea Party” rebellion in Boston Bay in 1773. The rebellion in North America was based on the same cry of the “criollos” of all America who had been banned from trade. By consuming their own inputs they paid exorbitant sums in absurd taxes and bureaucratic obstacles that only benefited a privileged few who clung to the absolute monarchy in Europe.
Lack of trade created the breeding ground of popular discontent that eventually boiled over in North America and created the seeds of insurrection in the rest of America as well as in France. The collapse of the French monarchy and the installation of a Bonaparte on the Spanish throne would be the final detonators that the Latin American independents longed for.
Freedom became an idea at that time, and its strength was felt from Patagonia to the Rio Bravo of Mexico. Unfortunately, the monumental effort to liberate America took a long time and Bolivar’s political plans were never realized. Perhaps the best document we have in this respect is the Constitution of Bolivia that its citizens asked them to draft, and whose text was never implemented by any government. Santander preferred to use the document as a political weapon and “convincing” proof of Bolivar’s apotheosis intentions.
Infamously vilified, Bolivar retired to die in peace with the satisfaction of duty fulfilled in the field of battle.