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“The Liberator” Simón Bolívar Died in 1830

Today in Latin American history, Venezuelan military leader Simón Bolívar who is known as "The Liberator" throughout Latin America died in 1830. continue reading »

Simón Bolívar was Named President of Peru in 1823

Today in Latin American history, Simón Bolívar was named President of Peru in 1823. continue reading »

Venezuelan Commander Simón Bolívar was Born in 1783

Today in Latin American history, Venezuelan commander Simón Bolívar who was key to Latin America's breakaway from Spain was born in 1783. During his lifetime, he led Venezuela, Colombia (including Panama at the time), Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia to independence, and helped lay the foundations for democratic ideology in much of Latin America. continue reading »

Simon Bolivar Organized the Congress of Panama Hoping to Unify LatAm in 1826

Today in Latin American history, Simon Bolivar organized the Congress of Panama hoping to unify Latin America against Spain in 1826. Held in Panama City from June 22 to July 15, the meeting proposed creating a league of American republics, with a common military, a mutual defense pact, and a supranational parliamentary assembly. continue reading »

Simon Bolivar Signed the Decree of War to the Death Against Spaniards in 1813

Today in Latin American history, Venezuelan Simon Bolivar signed the Decree of War to the Death against Spaniards in 1813. The Decree of War to the Death, was a decree issued by the South American separatist leader, Simón Bolívar, which permitted murder and any atrocities whatsoever to be committed against civilians born in Spain (or the Canary Islands), other than those actively assisting South American independence, and furthermore exonerated Latin Americans who had already committed such murders and atrocities. continue reading »

Simón Bolívar was declared “El Libertador” in 1813

Today in Latin American history, Simón Bolívar was declared "El Libertador" after restoring the Venezuelan Republic in 1813. In 1813 Bolívar was given a military command in Tunja, New Granada (modern day Colombia), under the direction of the Congress of United Provinces of New Granada, which had formed out of the juntas established in 1810. continue reading »

Chavez Honors Gold Medalist With Replica of Simon Bolivar’s Sword

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez bestowed the Order of the Liberators on the country's Olympic fencing champion, Ruben Limardo, and presented him with a replica of the sword of South American liberator Simon Bolivar. continue reading »

¡Felicidades! Venezuela on Your 201st Year of Independence

Today all of Venezuela is celebrating and rejoicing its 201-year old independence from Spain. Christopher Columbus sailed along the eastern coast of Venezuela on his third voyage in 1498, the only one of his four voyages to reach the South American mainland. The Spanish arrived in full force in the 1500's and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region, converted the natives to Christianity and enslaved native populations while pillaging the country's gold mines. continue reading »

Ailing Venezuelan President Chavez Wants to Build History-Themed Amusement Park

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is apparently looking to build an amusement park at the sight of the final battle during the fight for independence from Spain near Campo de Carabobo. continue reading »

Edgar Ramirez to Play 19th Century Leader Simon Bolivar in Upcoming Biopic “Libertador”

Venezuelen actor Edgar Ramirez is set to star in a biopic about Simon Bolivar, a Latin American freedom fighter in director Alberto Arvelo Mendoza's "Libertador". continue reading »

Chávez Unveils $28M Coffin to Honor Latin American Hero Simón Bolívar

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez unveiled the new pearl and diamond studded coffin during a ceremony marking the 181th anniversary of Bolivar's death. continue reading »

¡Felicidades! Ecuador on Your 202th Year of Independence

Today, all of Ecuador is celebrating and rejoicing its 202-year old independence from Spain. The Spanish arrived in the 1500’s and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region and enslaved native populations. continue reading »