El Libertador

El Libertador : Writings of Simon Bolivar

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General Simon Bolivar (1783-1830), called El Liberator, and sometimes the "George Washington of Latin America", was the leading hero of the Latin American independence movement. His victories over Spain won independence for Bolivia, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. Bolivar became Columbia's first president in 1819 and in 1822, became dictator of Peru. Upper Peru became a separate state, which was named Bolivia in Bolivar's honour, in 1825. The constitution, which he drew up for Bolivia, is one of his most important political pronouncements. Today he is remembered throughout South America, and in Venezuela and Bolivia his birthday is a national holiday. Although Bolivar never prepared a systematic treatise, his essays, proclamations and letters constitute some of the most eloquent writing not of the independence period alone, but of any period in Latin American history. His analysis of the region's fundamental problems, ideas on political organization and proposals for Latin American integration are relevant and widely read today, among Latin Americans of all countries and of all political persuasions.show more

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  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 162.1 x 215.9 x 25.1mm | 444.53g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195144805
  • 9780195144802

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