Why is Simon Bolivar known as "The Liberator"? Describe what he did and how he helped his people.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Simon Bolivar is the name most closely connected with the liberation of South America.  As you say, he is known as the liberator of the continent.

Although he is known as the liberator of South America, his importance is actually limited (if you want to say it that way) to the northern part of the continent.  He was the leader of the rebellions that liberated the areas that are now Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Bolivia, and Peru.

As far as how he helped his people, that's up for debate.  He did lead the wars for independence.  But he later became disillusioned with how the new countries were behaving after becoming independent.  So it's not clear he would have said he helped the people at all.

So -- he led the liberation of the countries, but beyond that it's not like he ruled any of them for very long or led them to stability or prosperity after they became independent.

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Simon Bolivar (1783-1830) is called El Libertador (The Liberator) by people of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela for liberating these countries from Spanish rule. He fought the Spanish armies in various capacities from 1810 to 1824 to end Spanish power completely in South America in 1824.

Bolivar became a dictator of Peru in 1824. In 1825 Upper Peru separated from rest of that country, which was named Bolivia in honor of Bolivar.

Simon Bolivar wanted to establish a union of South American states on the pattern of the USA but failed in his attempts. A feeling of resentment against him grew among many people and he narrowly escaped assassination.

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