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Diary of a Rebel Female Edit

1811 Edit

Dear diary,

A revolutionary from our country, Fransisco de Miranda[1], has been trying to get us to revolt against the Spanish rule.  Though we want to expand the newly established free trade to better our economy, we are very afraid that if we revolt, it will bring upon a war that will kill all of our men off, and destroy all the power that Venezuela has today.  We fear this because of the slave revolt in the caribbean that started a civil war and an international conflict and ended that colony.  Though it did create a new independent nation, it lost its support from France.  Though I would love for Venezuela to have its independence and be its own nation, I am afraid of the repercussions that might come once we are on our own. 


June 1811 Edit

Dear Diary,

We are all very scared. Our leader of Venezuela is Francisco De Miranda, and I can tell he is very unstable. He used to be involved with the French Revolution, but still my hopes are not up. Supposedly, in the very near future, he will be declaring war. I love the country of Venezuela, and I deeply want it to succeed from Spain, but I am unsure if Miranda is ready to take on that challenge. If the rumors are true, and Miranda fails us, our country will be hopeless and all of our fighting and loss will be for nothing. Nobody even listens to my perspective though, along with the other women of Venezuela. All the decisions will be made from the men, which will most likely mean that the war will go through. I am scared for my children, for we will all be in danger. Spain is a much more powerful country right now, and to be cut off from the rest of the world. Under Francisco De Miranda there is Simon Bolívar who is made to be out more competent, but really I cannot trust anyone. Truthfully, I want our country to be safe, and if that means rebelling against the war of independence, then so be it.

-Angelita


July 1811 Edit

Dear Diary,

We have just heard the news that the Venezuelan Declaration of Independence has been signed, and that we are now a seperate country from Spain. This is great news, and there are celebrations everywhere. We are putting a huge amount of trust and responsibility in the hands of the public officials, now, and though i have great faith in them, I am also afraid for the country's future.  I am afraid that this will cause unnecessary battles, though no one cares about the opinion of a lower class woman, and I don't want my husband's life in danger. 


July 1812 Edit

Dear Diary,

All the optimism we had for our country a year previous to today has been shattered.  The Spanish authourities have rallied and regained control of us.  I am furious, and want something to be done about this now.  We were doing so well as an independent country, Spain needs to leave now.  We don't need them breathing down our necks and controlling everything we do and all of our foreign affairs.  They have also sent Bolivar into exile, and I sometimes think that he may have been our only hope for survival once the Declaration was signed.  Our lives have become unbearable, and i hate living under the rule of the Spanish authority.  They are not supportive of the progress we made as a independent country. [1]


November 1818 Edit

Dear Diary,

Simon Bolívar has just been elected president. And I am not worried, for he has presented himself as a strong leader since the capture of Francisco De Miranda. It is the nearing the fall and our troops crossed the Andes Mountains in the spring, and they have also entered Tunja, Columbia and defeated the Spaniards at Boyacá. We are now waiting to enter Bogotá. Although, I cannot lie, I am still not at ease. I am obviously happy with the victory at Boyacá, but I will not let one defeat change my views. Most citizens change their opinions after one win, but I will not, and I additionally hope that Simon Bolívar does not either. There is nothing like a confident general; they let their guards down without difficulty, which is one of the many reasons why I am still so nervous about this whole war of independence. My husband has let the victory get to his head, like all of the other men. Yet, I still secretly remind all of my children that this battle means nothing, when my husband is out working on the fields. He was very lucky to not have been needed for the war, and I am truly thankful for this. I often quote to the kids, “won the battle, lost the war”. I hope they will always remember this.

-Angelita


March 1819 Edit

Dear Diary,

Although I have been all for the revolution in the past, it has been 10 years now, and our country seems to be exhausted.  Simon Bolivar is a brilliant man, and I believe in him, but i must say, after the First and Second Republic failed, I am losing hope.  All the war that has been going on has left our country in ruins, and our army is scarce in numbers.  From what I've heard, we are in a standstill, and that could mean a million different things.  I am not sure how long we can hold out Spain and the royalists, but I will have faith and hope that it all turns out fine.  Although Bolivar is our president, I really cannot stress enough how much I need the fighting to be over.  A country that is peaceful is all I ask for, though it seems to be a very difficult wish to fulfill.

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December 1830 Edit

Dear Diary,

This past year we have succeeded from Columbia, and I am very proud of Simon Bolivar. Even though I doubted him for the longest time, I was extremely satifsfied when the war of independence ended. The final victory at Carabobo in June 1821 was very impressive. However, my husband keeps telling me that, “I should have had faith in the country”. And, I am starting to give into my husband’s ideas. I have admitted though, that I was wrong, but I have also reiterated to my children that in the future “you cannot always believe everything you hear and you should not trust everyone”. Our country as a whole has been running very smoothly lately and I am glad that the leaders of Venezuela took the risk of war. I predict there to be a variety of different cold wars after that, but I must not worry about the future. I will just live with the peaceful idea that Venezuela is on its way onto being a very democratic country. We are finally no longer under the restricted rule of Spain!

-Angelita


RefrencesEdit

  1. Minster, Christopher. "Simon Bolivar Crosses the Andes" http://latinamericanhistory.about.com/od/latinamericaindependence/p/09bolivarcrossesandes.htm


Angelita's Diaries all from this source:http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com


Source 1 -http://latinamericanhistory.about.com

Source 2 - http://www.onwar.com/aced/data/bravo/bolivar1811.htm

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