National Geographic : 1994 Mar
"I too suffer from this searingfever, which con sumes us like two children. " Bogota's haughty matrons would view her as a harlot, but Bolivar had the last word: "The memory of your enchantments dissolves the frost of my years," he told her, in one of the many love letters he wrote. IMA, PERU'S CAPITAL, had been occupied peacefully by Argentine Gen. Jose de San Martin, who had sailed north after staging a masterful march across the Andes to conquer Spanish forces in Chile. In July 1822 the two liberators met in private at the Ecuadorian port of Guayaquil. What transpired between them is the subject of a never ending and frequently rageful debate between Argentines, who consider San Martin the real liberator of South America, and their bolivarian cousins, who believe that the Argentine had lost control of the situation in Peru. But within two months San Martin gave up his title of Protector of Peru and sailed home to Argentina, leaving his troops to fend for themselves. They rebelled, turning the coastal fortress of Callao over to A liberator-style celebration breaks out in Cartagena as naval officers and beauty queens observe the city's Independence Day. Bolivar "was a friend of dancing, gallant, and highly addicted to ladies," said one ally. He burned with passionfor Manuela Sdenz (above), his loyal Ecuadorian lover.