By Pam Decho. Published 1998. ISBN 9781900039161
Since the Independence period, and even before, London has been home to a variety of Latin Americans. Yet London, as the administrative, financial and cultural capital of the United Kingdom, has offered its visitors from Latin America many different advantages. While some came to London during periods of exile, others were attracted by its business opportunities, its financial connections or its cultural diversity and literary traditions.
This publication profiles many of the prominent Latin Americans who have used London as their base since 1810. In addition to well-known figures, such as Francisco Miranda and Simón Bolívar, there are portraits of 19th-century financiers, 20th-century exiles and famous contemporaries. Each profile emphasises as far as possible the impact of London on the lives of the visitors, while the introduction analyses the historical background and bilateral relationship that has unfolded between Britain and Latin America in the last two centuries.