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Simon Bolivar El Liberator Simon Bolivar was one of South Americas greatest generals His victories over the Spaniards won independence for Bolivia Panama Columbia Ecuador Peru and Venezuela He is called El Liberator and is also known as the George Washington of South America Bolivar was born in Venezuela where his parents died He inherited a fortune then began his travels all around Europe Bolivar returned to Venezuela in 1810 where he joined a group of patriots that seized Caracas and proclaimed independence from Spain He later went to Great Britain in search of aid but could only get a promise of British neutrality Bolivar then returned to Venezuela and took command of a patriot army He and the army recaptured Caracas from the Spaniards in 1813 The Spaniards forced Bolivar to retreat from Venezuela to New Granada who was at war with Spain at the time Bolivar took command of a Colombian force and captured Bogota in 1814 However the patriots were running low on men as well as supplies This was enough to force Bolivar to flee to Jamaica While in Jamaica Bolivar wrote a letter titled the letter from Jamaica In this letter Bolivar was stressing the importance and need for an organized government The letter was a scheme for the reconstitution of Latin America He proposed a series of constitutional republics an elected lower house and a president that would remain for life This letter accounts for the adolotry tone of so much of the Latin American Boliveran literature At this time Simon Bolivar had joined the revolution His reason in ones opinion may be because of the invasion Napoleon threatened Spain with At the end of this invasion however Venezuela had become an independent country After Bolivar had written the letter from Jamaica he gathered a force in Haiti that ended up in Venezuela in 1816 and took Angostra There Simon Bolivar had become a true dictator Bolivar took
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