The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 39, July 1935 - April, 1936 Page: 242
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Pollard to Washington between the years 1834 and 1842-more
than one-half of the published Chilean correspondence having
accumulated during his years of diplomatic service in Chile.
The earliest documents published in Volume V which relate
to Colombia were written in 1829 but were included in an offi-
cial dispatch of 1831. Between these dates occurred the death
of the great Liberator, Bolivar, and the breakup of his political
creation, Great Colombia, into New Granada (present Colom-
bia), Ecuador, and Venezuela. The latest document is dated
some seven months before the breakup in July, 1861, of the
newly-created Confederaci6n Granadina, which was followed
shortly afterward by the creation of the United States of Colom-
bia. The period between the date of the earliest dispatch of 1831
and the last one in December, 1860, is characterized internally
by marked political instability, occasioned by the activities of
Santander, Marques, Herran, and Mosquera, and, at the same
time, in the field of international relations, by a very vigorous
and positive foreign policy.
For an understanding of both the internal history and the for-
eign policy of Colombia the documents relating to that country
as published in Volume V are more satisfactory probably than
those relating to any other country which up to the present time
have appeared in this series, with the possible exception of the
documents relating to Central America. Especially illuminating
to the international situation are the documents written in the
period during and following the United States-Mexican war. At
that time Colombia-following the precedent which it had set in
calling the Panama Congress of 1826-was evidencing greater
fear of possible European aggression than of the United States,
and, indeed, was even expressing a desire to co-operate with the
United States against Europe. Particularly was Colombia alarmed
at England's aggressions on the Mosquito Coast and at the efforts
of the Ecuadorian exiled general, Flores, to prepare an expedition
in Spain in behalf of his lost cause. These events and others,
both of an internal and external nature, are made clear in the
correspondence published in Volume V. In many ways they sup-
plement the documents published in Volumes III and IV that
relate to British activities in Central America.
CHARLES W. HACKETT.
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