Essay on The Rise of Simón Bolívar to Power in Venezuela

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Simón Bolívar was born July 24, 1783 in Caracas, Venezuela. He was born into a wealthy family, who took their money from rich gold and copper mines they owned in Venezuela. At the age of three Simón Bolívar's father died, then six years later his mother died. After the death of his parents, he moved to Spain in 1799 where he continued his education and married a daughter of a nobleman, María Teresa Rodríguez del Toro y Alaysa in 1803, who later died of yellow fever during a visit to Venezuela.
When Joseph Bonaparte was named king of Spain in 1807 by Napoleon, Bolívar joined the resistance movement, but upon seeing the example set by the Spanish patriots decided to export this new brand of nationalism to his native Venezuela. Upon …show more content…

Despite his desire to create a union of states similar to the United States of America with a strong centralized government, Bolívar faced opposition from internal factions throughout the huge Gran Colombia as political leaders and former brothers in arms fought for power and control. As a temporary measure, Bolívar declared himself dictator in 1828. He resigned this post in 1830 and seeing his grand plans derailed by envy, greed and corruption he made plans to leave it all behind and sail for Europe. On December 17, 1830, Simón Bolívar died in Santa Marta, Colombia, after a battle with tuberculosis, alone and destitute.
When Bolivar became the de facto leader of Venezuela after the establishment of the second republic he proclaimed the liberation of slaves. He also was a pioneer in urging the formation of a union of American republics. Today, Simón Bolívar's legacy stretches far beyond his native Venezuela as the impact of his actions can be felt to this very day. His likeness can be seen in the multitude of statues and plaza throughout the. My impressions of Bolivar, are that he was a visionary, freedom fighter and national hero of millions of people across the world. He represents personal courage, heroism and controversy as well. Unfortunately in later years his image has been used by political leaders in Latin America to their personal gain somewhat tarnishing the image of what otherwise has

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