Research Resources at University of Bristol

British, English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh and other European Adventurers in Gran Colombia (modern day Ecuador, Colombia, Panama and Venezuela) during and after the Wars of Independence (c.1810-c.1890).

Click here to enter the Research Database – over 3,000 Adventurers listed

The database features all sorts of information about European adventurers in the Wars of Independence in northern South America, and can be searched by name, occupation, date of birth, date of death, and a general 'comments' field.

For reasons of space and clarity, this database is an abbreviated version of the full database, which in addition to the information given here contains fields relating to rank, campaigns, marriage, place settled, documents produced and published, religion, place of birth and place and manner of death. Some duplications or errors may have slipped through the conversion net – please let me know of any that you find. I am happy to provide all the information I have relating to individuals featured here – please just send me an email. I am always looking for new sources to add to the database, and to find out more information about people already listed.

Comments are written in a mixture of English and Spanish. I have presumed that readers will be able to decipher meaning – capitán is a military rank roughly equivalent to captain, for example. If content is not clear, try a Spanish-English dictionary such as or email me.

Information for this database has been culled from a wide range of published sources, as well as archival material in Colombia, Ecuador, England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Spain and Venezuela. A full bibliography of works used is provided in Matthew Brown, Adventuring through Spanish colonies: Simón Bolívar, Foreign Mercenaries and the Birth of New Nations, Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2006, pp.223-258. The book can be ordered directed from the publishers at


1) Where a name is known to refer to a woman it is marked F in the column M/F. Otherwise the gender should be apparent from the context, or is presumed to be male.

2) Dates are given in the following format: YYYY/MM/DD

3) A glossary of Spanish terms used can be found in Adventuring through Spanish colonies: Simón Bolívar, Foreign Mercenaries and the Birth of New Nations, Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2006, pp.221-222.

Other useful databases for researching the histories of individuals (European and Latin American) in this period can be found on the following links:

Brits in South America: (this wonderful resource, run by Neil Hampshire, contains a lot of links to excellent genealogy sites relating to Latin America)

Gendering Latin American Independence: (a database of women involved in the processes of Latin American Independence from Spanish and Portuguese colonial rule, constructed by Dr Claire Brewster)

Society for Irish Latin American Studies: (a comprehensive collection of links to genealogical and Irish-related databases and websites with connections to Latin America)


Dr Matthew Brown, Lecturer in Latin American Studies

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