The Battle of Junín (Aug. 6, 1824) in Peru, was one of the last battles of the liberating campaign of Simon Bolivar, the chief figure of the emancipation of America.
With an army of 8,000 men, Bolivar is pronounced with the following speech:
“Soldiers! You are going to complete the greatest work that heaven has given to men: that of saving an entire world of slavery. Soldiers! Peru and America await the peace, daughter of victory, and even the liberal Europe watches you charming because freedom of the New World is the hope of the Universe. Will you mock it? No. No. You are invincible. “
Nearly two centuries after the battle, and 4,000 meters above sea level, the Pampa de Junin, in central Peru, remains as a barren and desolated place. However, despite the cold and the abandonment that suffers the pampa, there are still vestiges of the historic conflict and victory; still, the museum remains and its guardian, who proudly reinterprets the emancipator to give us his views on the iconic historical figure.