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On 9 November 2010, William Hague, then Foreign Secretary in the UK’s new coalition government (formed by Conservatives and Liberal Democrats) gave the Canning lecture, delivered at Canning House, an event which broadly coincided with the 200th anniversary of the dawn of Latin American independence. Hague, a historian as well as a politician, appreciated the significance of the anniversary, and made many references to Britain’s role in the struggle for Latin American independence, a campaign fought principally against Spain and Portugal.

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