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Simon Bolivar

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Born into a wealthy Venezuelan Creole family, Simón Bolívar grew up petulant, capricious, bossy, and accustomed to getting his own way at every turn. By the age of 22, however, he had matured to the point of committing to the liberation of northern South America from Spanish rule. To do so, the "George Washington of Latin American Independence," known as El Libertador, traveled 20,000 miles on horseback and fought in almost 300 battles and skirmishes. One of the greatest military geniuses of all time, Bolívar, at...

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Overview

Born into a wealthy Venezuelan Creole family, Simón Bolívar grew up petulant, capricious, bossy, and accustomed to getting his own way at every turn. By the age of 22, however, he had matured to the point of committing to the liberation of northern South America from Spanish rule. To do so, the "George Washington of Latin American Independence," known as El Libertador, traveled 20,000 miles on horseback and fought in almost 300 battles and skirmishes. One of the greatest military geniuses of all time, Bolívar, at his peak, controlled close to three million square miles in South America, more than Eastern and Western Europe combined. Yet, at the time of his death, when seeking voluntary exile from the land of his birth, Bolívar was denounced as a demagogue by elites of the six countries he had liberated. Nonetheless, Simón Bolívar lives today in the hearts of millions of Latin Americans who see El Liberator as a hero.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604137316
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/28/2010
  • Series: The Great Hispanic Heritage Series
  • Pages: 120
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Making of a Liberator 6

2 Miranda and Bolívar 17

3 War to the Death 28

4 Defeat and Victory 39

5 Cordillera Conquest 49

6 Venezuelan Triumph 59

7 Liberator and Protector 71

8 Colombia Undone 82

9 The Last Dictatorship 93

Chronology and Timeline 106

Notes 109

Bibliography 112

Further Reading 115

Index 117

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