July 24 - Simón Bolívar Day in much of "Latin America"

   Posted on July 24, 2022     

This is an update of my post published on July 24, 2011:

Simón Bolívar was, quite simply, The Liberator!

Well, make that El Libertador!

Along with José de San Martín, Bolívar led South Americans during their struggle to win independence from Spain. He was instrumental in gaining independence for Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Panama. (Panama is part of Central America, which is part of North America, rather than South America.)

Since today is Bolívar's birthday (he was born in Caracas, Venezuela, on this date in 1783), he is celebrated today in Latin America. Apparently the biggest celebrations are in Ecuador and Venezuela; there is food and music, there are military and national-costume parades, and there are flags and battle reenactments.

A short biography of Simón Bolívar can be found here.

This statue of Simon Bolivar is
located in Washington, D.C.
I read that it is the

tallest statue in the city!

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