Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Southward Ho! A Spell of Sunshine >> Southward Ho! A Spell of Sunshine >> Chapter IV / The Story of the Maid of Bogota

Avatar JWeber
2014-06-23 15:42:00
This story in Southward Ho! is interesting because of its roots in history. Simms, whose role as a historian is sometimes overlooked, attempted to include some version of Simon Bolivar's triumph over Spanish rule in Latin America in ''The Maid of Bogota''. Bolivar is a historical figure, as is the character Simms refers to as La Pola. Simms changes details of the historical accounts and makes the connection between La Pola and Bolivar much less tenuous than it appears to have really been; however, we can see this as his attempt to merge history and fiction in his work, which is something Simms had attempted before in various ways (Nicholas Meriwether writes about this in relation to The Lily and the Totem).
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