In 1815 Simón Bolívar had hired numerous friends, mercenaries, and previous military personnel to take a part of Venezuela for themselves. Bolívar’s plan was to overthrow the Spanish colony rule and create an independent, liberal republic. He promised the fighters wealth, land, and power, bringing in men such as Henri La Fayette Villaume Ducoudray Holstein, who was rejected at the port of Philadelphia. This group of men landed in the same area that the recent failed coup attempt led by U.S. Army Special Forces veteran Jordan Goudreau did. However, 200 years ago many of the hired mercenaries were never paid and most died from heat exhaustion and disease.