In 1902, writes Norman Wilkinson, a revolutionary dictator named Castro provoked an Anglo-German naval demonstration off the coast of Venezuela.

At a low point in his fortunes, the Liberator sent an emissary to recruit troops in London. Philip Ziegler describes how their achievements were of various importance, but the flame of Simón Bolivar’s British Legion lives on.

Victor Allan recounts the tale of a debonair and imperious nineteenth century fraud.

What role did Simon Bolivar play in the history of Latin America's independence from Spain?