Simon Bolivar

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Simon Bolivar


Early LifeSimón Bolívar was born on July 24, 1783 in Venezuela. Bolívar was born into a wealthy family who took their money from rich gold and copper mines they owned in Venezuela. Young Bolívar moved to Spain in 1799 after the deaths of his parents. In Spain, he continued his education, begun in Venezuela with tutors.

When Bolívar returned to Venezuela in 1807, he found a population divided between loyalty to Spain and a desire for independence.When Napoleon invaded Spain in 1808 and imprisoned King Ferdinand VII, many Venezuelans felt that they no longer owed allegiance to Spain, giving the revolution momentum.On April 19, 1810, the people of Caracas declared a provisional independence from Spain: they were still nominally loyal to King Ferdinand, but would rule Venezuela by themselves until such a time as Spain was back on its feet and Ferdinand restored. Young Simón Bolívar was an important voice during this time, advocating for full independence.

What did Bolivar do?

Today, Bolívar's legacy can be seen in the multitude of statues and plaza squares bearing his likeness throughout South and North America. Several cities and towns throughout the United States are named in his honor and statues and roads bearing his name can be found in a variety of international locales, including Egypt, Australia and Turkey.

The Liberator

*Bolivar had a volunteer army of revolutionaries that suffered many defeats.*Bolivar led an army of 2,000 soldiers through the Andes mountains into Colombia, and took the Spanish army by surprise, which led to a victory for Bolivar and his men.In 1821, Bolivar won Venezuela's independence. He then marched into Ecuador and met with Jose de San Martin.

A wealthy creole


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