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Diary of a Revolutionary LeaderEdit

July 1,1822Edit

Dear Diary,

This is Ramone Cochlear.  I have recently been named a revolutionary leader of the Peruvian revolution. Although it has taken us a little longer than most of the Latin American nations to begin our fight for independence from Spain, we believe that this was the proper choice. Especially because the Latin American independence movement is being put into action while Napolean's invasion of Spain disarrayed Spanish authority. We have decided that we have had enough of this nonsense. These unfair rules by the Spanish has pushed us over the edge. They have continuously increased our taxes, reorganized our government, and replaced our officials. This is ridiculous and has gone on long enough. I personally have been watching nearby countries over the past few years, and many of them have had successful revolutions. Both the American Revolution and the French Revolution were able to achieve their goal and managed to free themselves. Some nearby countries have fought to separate themselves from Spain and have recently succeeded. All of these aspects have given me hope and faith to lead my beloved country of Peru through a revolution to be remembered.

July 10, 1822

Dear Diary,

Today I rounded up my troops and began to prepare. I assembled both black and mixed-race soldiers to help me achieve liberty for Peru. At the cost of a revolution I must gather whatever strength I can. I teamed up with Jose de San Martin, a Argentinian revolutionary. At this point, my army is starting to raise suspicion and hopefully it will enforce fear in our enemies.  I will show them that we, together with many other Peruvian troops we will be able to overtake the Spanish rule and revise the wrong that has been done; however,  I'm also starting to consider the impact on everyone else around me. I know this is the right choice, but what will be the cost?

July 20, 1822Edit

Dear Diary,

It appears that our revolution has slowed and is tied with no clear winner so I have decided that it is time for a revision to the plan. I have determined that we could find help by turning to a man named Simon Bolivar. From what I hear, he is an educated man born into a wealthy family who has proven himself many times as a military leader and is achieving independence for both Venezuela and Columbia. I know he we would be able to turn the tide. He may even be able to help us to pull ahead of the Spanish and help us get closer to ending this war in our favor.


Dear Diary,

Today I heard a response from Bolivar. Although he agreed to help me, I discovered that he would only send 800 men at first. This left me disappointed but I knew he he could help us more. Asking again, he agreed to meet me in person and help. He said our cause was noble and that he would do what he could to help us. I know that with his assistance, we could shift the balance of power. I am confident that things will get better.

Dear Diary,

I am extremely happy today because my newly found friend Simon Bolivar has arrived with his troops and is ready to help me lead Peru to victory. Unfortunately, upon his arrival to my fine country was in the mist of some turmoil. There was chaos politically, and our many resources that were available to us started to dwindle. Our armies were close to nonexistent. In my happiness to see Bolivar, I was also embarrassed that his first impression of us was in this state of chaos. However, it didn't seem to change his optimism and he is still willing to help. I'm hoping that we will be able to get started again and win our freedom sooner than later.

1823Edit

Dear Diary,

Today I finally saw a light at the end of the tunnel. With Bolivar and I leading the troops, we got back into fighting our battle today. Luckily for us, the Spanish troops placed themselves in a vulnerable position. The royalist army split in half and divided their power into two. This is perfect and now their army should only be half as strong. In addition to this great news, we are going to receive international support from the United States. Having the support from the United States is a great advantage because they have already fought their own revolution and won independence. Therefore, they will be of great assistance on our quest for our own freedom. Viva Peru!

1824Edit

Dear Diary,

It seems as though the great news never stops. Today I got word that we will be getting our first ever international loan from the United Kingdom. This is very exciting and will greatly help us to pay off our debts. Also, when speaking to Bolivar today, we discussed the plans for our next actions. He told me that we were nearing the end of our fight, and this brought me a new found hope for winning. We then decided that planning our next battle would be the key to our success. We then came to the agreement that this battle would be most beneficial if it were fought in the highlands of our country. He said that this area would provide us with native advantages familar with the terrain and local geography. We also both agreed that the war needed to have a battle that would be remembered as a great victory for Peru. I wonder if this could be the final battle of our revolution.

August 4th 1824Edit

Dear Diary,

I am just back from the battle at Meseta de Bombon. It was a very successful battle. We fought and we fought and the royalist army was forced to retreat! I know that this was not the final battle as I had hoped, but it was thriving one and hopefully the last major battle. I am sure that I will be ready to fight my final battle whenever that day may come.

December 9th 1824Edit

Dear Diary,

I have just fought my final battle and I am flushed with victory. That was it the battle to end all battles. The war is over! There have been many hard times and many things that have been thrown at us, but we were able to overcome them. This is what makes me so proud of both myself and my troops. I know I have lost hundreds of men but their sacrifices were not in vein. Although it had taken what seems like centuries, they all worked hard to finish the mission. I too have worked hard and planned out sucess and to now get what my country deserves is truely amazing to me. I feel so honored to have been a leader, help out my country, and gain everyone the independence they so greatly diserve. I feel so much better about my country now that we are free from Spanish rule and able to conduct ourselves in a proper way. This has been a momentous day for me and our final victory has been playing over and over again in all of our minds.

1826Edit

Dear Diary,

I was very proud to see new elections of congress once our revolution was over. This final day of glory proves that we have the power to change any aspect of our country. We were able achieve the independence we wanted and so much deserved. I am sure that this new way of governing our selves will be much better than anything that we would have had before. I also got word just a few moments ago that Simon Bolivar will be our new leader. I am proud to call this man a leader because he and I have become close over the course of the war, and I know that he will lead us in the right direction. I believe that he deserves this title, because without him, I’m not sure that we would have ever reached this goal of independence.


Dear Diary,

I am very proud to have actively participated in our Peruvian revolution against the former Spanish rule of our country. I know that we contributed to a long sucession of fighting for what we all beleive in. This revolution was a success and our future is bright. But then again, I suppose that I will just have to wait it out and see. Long live the independence of my beloved country of Peru. Sincerely, Ramone Cochlear Revolutionary Leader of Peru.

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