Simon Bolivar

Simón José Antonio de la Santísima Trinidad Bolívar y Palacios Ponte-Andrade y Blanco (24 July 1783 – 17 December 1830), generally known as Simón Bolívar (Spanish: [siˈmom boˈliβaɾ] (listen),[a] English: /ˈbɒlɪvər, -vɑːr/ BOL-iv-ər, -⁠ar also US: /ˈboʊlɪvɑːr/ BOH-liv-ar) and also colloquially as El Libertador,[4] or the Liberator, was a Venezuelan military and political leader who led what are currently the states of Venezuela, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Panama to independence from the Spanish Empire.

Bolívar was born into a wealthy family and as was common for the heirs of upper-class families in his day, was sent to be educated abroad at a young age, arriving in Spain when he was 16 and later moving to France. While in Europe he was introduced to the ideas of the Enlightenment, which later motivated him to overthrow the reigning Spanish in colonial South America. Taking advantage of the disorder in Spain prompted by the Peninsular War, Bolívar began his campaign for independence in 1808. The campaign for the independence of New Granada was consolidated with the victory at the Battle of Boyacá on 7 August 1819. He established an organized national congress within three years. Despite a number of hindrances, including the arrival of an unprecedentedly large Spanish expeditionary force, the revolutionaries eventually prevailed, culminating in the patriot victory at the Battle of Carabobo in 1821, which effectively made Venezuela an independent country.

More info at: Simón Bolívar – Wikipedia

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Name(s):
      Simon Bolivar
Occupation:
      Venezuelan Military and Political Leader
Birth:
      July 24, 1783, Caracas, Venezuela
Death:
      December 17, 1830, Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, Santa Marta, Colombia
Spouse:
      María Teresa del Toro y Alayza (m. 1802–1803)
Children:
      José Costas
Previous offices:
      President of Bolivia (1825–1825),
      President of Peru (1824–1827),
      President of Gran Colombia (1819–1830)
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