“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
London Borough of Camden in Greater London County, England, United Kingdom

Francisco de Miranda

1750 - 1816

Francisco de Miranda Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 18, 2018
1. Francisco de Miranda Marker

Precursor of Latin
American Independence
lived here

Erected 1996 by English Heritage.
Location. 51° 31.409′ N, 0° 8.281′ W. Marker is in London Borough of Camden, England, in Greater London County. Marker is on Grafton Way just from Tottenham Court Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 58 Grafton Way, London Borough of Camden, England W1T 5DL, United Kingdom.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Andres Bello (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Francisco de Miranda (here, next to this marker); The First Birth Control Clinic (within shouting distance of this marker); Sir Charles Eastlake (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); A.W. Hofmann (about 120 meters away); Captain Matthew Flinders, R.N. (about 150 meters away); Roger Fry (about 180 meters away); Virginia Woolf (about 180 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in London Borough of Camden.
Also see . . .
1. House of Francisco de Miranda in London – opening Museum (London Post, 4/16/2014). "Francisco de Miranda, known in Venezuela as ‘El Precursor’,
Francisco de Miranda Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 18, 2018
2. Francisco de Miranda Marker - Wide View
The two Blue Plaques, one for Francisco de Miranda and the other for Andres Bello are visible here, as well as the British Council marker for de Miranda to the right of those. The entrance to the Venezuelan Consulate is visible on the right, as well.
was a soldier, writer, traveller and hero of the South American struggle for independence from Spain. He led a remarkable life which saw him fight in the Battle of Pensacola during the American War of Independence, as well as in the French Revolution (for which his name appears on the Arc de Triomphe). He toured Europe extensively and met many great figures of the time during his travels, such as Catherine the Great of Russia, Frederick II of Prussia, Stanislaw II Poniatowski, Potemkin, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Napoleon Bonaparte, the Duke of Wellington and the Marquis de Lafayette....These experiences no doubt helped to shape and strengthen his conviction that his home country of Venezuela, and indeed the whole of Latin America, should be freed from Spanish colonial rule. It was in this very house in London that Miranda designed the Venezuelan flag and also met with key figures in the Independence struggle. In 1810, he welcomed three important historical figures to the house: Simón Bolívar, Andrés Bello and Luis López Méndez; who formed the first Latin American diplomatic mission ever to be officially received by a European authority...." (Submitted on April 20, 2018.) 

2. Francisco de Miranda (Encyclopedia Britannica). "Francisco de Miranda, (born March 28, 1750, Caracas, Venez.—died July
Francisco de Miranda Statue image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 18, 2018
3. Francisco de Miranda Statue
The inscription on this statue, located roughly 100 meters to the west of the marker (at Fitzroy Street x Grafton Way), reads on the base: "Francisco de Miranda, 1750 - 1816, precursor of Latin American independence, born in Venezuela, died a prisoner in Spain."
14, 1816, Cádiz, Spain), Venezuelan revolutionary who helped to pave the way for independence in Latin America. His own plan for the liberation of Spain’s American colonies with the help of the European powers failed, but he remains known as El Precursor—i.e., “the forerunner” of Bolívar and other more effective revolutionaries." (Submitted on April 20, 2018.) 
Additional keywords. Venezuela Fitzrovia
Categories. Politics
Credits. This page was last revised on April 24, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 20, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 20, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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