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    [Simon Bolivar] A Handwritten Draft Regarding the Formation of a Federation of Nations in America in an unknown hand. Seven pages, 8.5" x 12.75", General Headquarters, Chancayo, Peru on November 25, 1824; with secretarial signatures of Simon Bolivar and Jose Sanchez Carrion. Written in the form of a letter addressed to "Friends, allies, and compatriots" and possibly intended to be printed as a broadside or circular, the manuscript lays out Bolivar's ideas and arguments about the need to create "la federacion Americana". He believed that all of the newly liberated nations in the Americas should create a federation in order to protect their interests against the European interests. The federation would also act to preserve order and equity among the member nations. Written on laid paper, with large areas that have been crossed out (but remaining completely legible) and numerous edits, make this an actual working draft and not a later fair copy. Additionally, it is written in a hurried and near illegible script that indicates it was likely dictated.

    Bolivar notes the recent events in Mexico and the interests in the isthmus of Panama as examples of why a Federation was imperative. If the newly liberated nations did not unite, they would remain vulnerable to the stronger European nations who continued to have interests of expansion in the Americas. A centralized power would also provide structure and governance, which he did not believe the individual nations could provide for themselves.

    The pages are in a single folded sheet, at front "1824 / Plan p[ar]a la federacion Americana". With a period note at the back that reads that it was left as a memento upon the death of Sr. [Bernardo de] Monteagudo. Monteagudo was a close ally and friend to both Simon Bolivar and Jose de San Martin. Light soiling, otherwise excellent.

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