Today in Latin American History
Simón Bolívar was Named President of Peru in 1823
Photo: Simon Bolivar
Today in Latin American history, Simón Bolívar was named President of Peru in 1823.
Known as the Liberator, Bolivar was a Venezuelan military and political leader.
He played a key role in Latin America’s successful struggle for independence from the Spanish Empire, and is today considered one of the most influential politicians in the history of the Americas.
Later the Peruvian congress named him dictator of Peru on February 10, 1824, which allowed Bolívar to reorganize completely the political and military administration.
Other events that occurred on this day:
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- Today in LatAm history, British Honduras (present day Belize) defeated Spain at the Battle of St. George’s Caye in 1798
- Today in LatAm history, Puerto Rican singer Jose Feliciano who sang the hit “Feliz Navidad” was born in 1945
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian tennis player Gustavo Kuerten who won 3 French Opens was born in 1976
- Today in LatAm history, Argentine footballer Germán Denis who plays for the Nat team & Atalanta B.C. was born in 1981
- Today in LatAm history, Argentine footballer Fernando Belluschi who plays for the National team was born in 1983