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28 August 2016


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The royalists who found him then killed Ribas, cut off his head, and fried it in a vat of boiling oil. The head was then sent along to Caracas, where it was put on public display for all to see.

Wh...why would you...? Like okay, if you're going to do the whole displaying-of-severed-heads thing, I guess I can see that you might want to preserve it to make it less, well, stinky. But surely it would be easier as well as more effective in keeping it recognizable to put it in a jar full of formaldehyde or alcohol or, if you want to be all classical, honey? or was this part of a long local history of deep fat frying post decapitation?

....I'm not 100% sure I want an answer, but. Wow.


A cheeky little Galaxy Quest reference sees Revolutions officially take the title od Best Podcast.


I seriously just watched Galaxy Quest last night for the first time in years, then listened to the podcast this morning. The timing of that reference for me was uncanny.


Still waiting for that map on last episode! That Bolivar was a persistent dude.

Luis Hartmann R.

Dear Mike: "La Carta de Jamaica" in probably one of the most brilliant documents ever written by Simón Bolivar. It is amazing to realize his futuristic view of the Americas from his time. And circumstances. I am looking forward on your impressions on this document.

Keep on doing this marvelous work. I am really pleased by the way you analyze personal situations of all characters in this almost "novel" that is Bolivar´s liberation endeavour.


Luis Hartmann R.

Yes: This was part of a long local history of deep fat frying post decapitation. But José Felix Rivas was not the only one. The most famous , perhaps

Rene Borbon

Well done Mike. Having visited Bolivar's homes at Bogota and Santa Marta, as well as the fortress at Cartagena, you bring history alive and remind me of these visits. The detail of Bolivar's story and repeated setbacks is compelling. I like how you tied the Haitian revolution with the Colombian revolutions along with Napoleons epic defeat in Europe. Looking forward to more of the history in your podcast.

Gonzalo Garcés Díaz-Munío

Thanks Mr Duncan for another great episode.

I noticed something about pronunciation in the most recent episodes that I thought I could comment on. The word "Cortes" is pronounced in Spanish with the stress on the first syllable (as opposed to the surname "Cortés", as in "Hernán Cortés", which has the stress on the second syllable). As reference: http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/cortes

Thanks again for the podcast and for this series on Spanish American independence!

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