MIRANDA 200 JULY 16, 2016
MIRANDA 200 is a historic event commemorating the 200 years of the death of Francisco de Miranda.
It will take place on July 16, 2016 at the Historic Tryon Palace in New Bern NC.
This event is a collaboration with The Venezuelan Cultural association of North Carolina and Tryon Palace.
Francisco de Miranda, (born March 28, 1750, Caracas, Venez.—died July 14, 1816, Cádiz, Spain), Venezuelan revolutionary who helped to pave the way for independence in Latin America. His own plan for the liberation of Spain’s American colonies with the help of the European powers failed, but he remains known as El Precursor—i.e., “the forerunner” of Bolívar and other more effective revolutionaries.
Educated in Caracas, Miranda purchased a captaincy in the Spanish army at the age of 22. He was imprisoned for disobedience but was released in 1780 and sent to Cuba to fight against Great Britain. There he was accused of misuse of funds. Protesting his innocence, he fled to the United States in 1783.
There he met many of the leaders of the American Revolution and formed his plans for the liberation of South and Central America from Spanish domination. Hounded by Spanish agents, he fled to London, where he tried to enlist the aid of Prime Minister William Pitt in his plan of revolution. Pitt, realizing that Spain would eventually lose its grip on its American colonies, thought that Miranda was useful for Britain’s purposes and provided him with limited support and protection. Miranda envisioned an independent empire, stretching from the Mississippi to Cape Horn, under the leadership of a hereditary emperor from the Inca royal family and with a legislature of two houses.