The genius of South American soldier-statesman Simon Bolivar were remembered in London on Wednesday (12 June), when a memorial status in Belgrave Square was unveiled by Britain's Foreign Secretary, Mr.
The genius of South American soldier-statesman Simon Bolivar were remembered in London on Wednesday (12 June), when a memorial status in Belgrave Square was unveiled by Britain's Foreign Secretary, Mr. James Callaghan.
Bolivar wars born in Venezuela in 1783, and by the time he was 22 years old his only aim in life was to liberate his native land from colonial rule. In 20 years, he led armies of liberation to victory over a vast area of South America from Venezuela to Peru. In 1810, Bolivar came to London to seek military aid from the British Government. Several thousand officers and men of the British Legion were assigned to Bolivar, and fought at the side of his republican forces.
Bolivar died in 1830 at the age of 47. His dream of a Spanish-speaking union in South America was unfulfilled, but in a few years he had secured the independence of the area which now comprises the republics of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru and Venezuela.
The idea of erecting a Bolivar memorial in London has been under discussion for many years. The first positive steps were made by Venezuela in 1970, and eventually six South American countries offered to present a statue to the United Kingdom.
The statue itself was worked in bronze by the Caracas artist Hugo Daini, who attempted to portray both Bolivar's military prowess and his vision as a statesman.