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Don Simon Bolivar

Don Simon Bolivar Known as El Libertador (the Liberator), Simon Bolivar liberated six nations, Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia.

Born on July 24, 1783 into a very prominent family in Venezuela, this great statesman, writer, and revolutionary general gave up his social status for a more noble cause—independence of Latin America from foreign rule. He traveled the world and along the way was inspired by the times in which he lived, particularly the crowning of Napoleon as emperor in 1804. This same act awoke in him a desire to quell this fire that later, while visiting Rome, he solemnly swore he would do, "...I will not rest my soul until Hispanic America is liberated from Spanish rule."

I will not rest my soul until Hispanic America is liberated from Spanish rule.

He possessed an uncanny ability to inspire men to follow him through trackless wilderness, to fight and die for liberty. For 20 years, Bolivar led the fight to free northern South America. His small, poorly equipped forces won amazing victories and met overwhelming defeats. Not everything was easy for him. There were times when his defeats caused him to seek exile in Haiti and Jamaica, but he always returned with a greater strength in energy and armies.

Not everything was easy for him. There were times when his defeats caused him to seek exile

At the height of his power, between 1825 and 1828, he was president of La Gran Colombia (present day Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia). Bolivar was a sincere patriot, devoted to the cause of liberty and equality, and a big promoter for the unification of all the Latin American countries under one unified republic: The idea of Pan-Americanism.

He died a sad, lonely death marred by Tuberculosis, in Santa Marta, Colombia on December 17, 1830.